Monday, July 29, 2013

International Turkish Hope Schools Excel in Bangladesh

(Video Duration: 1 min 19 secs)

International Turkish Hope School was established in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, in 1996, and it was officially opened by former President Süleyman Demirel in March 1997. Initially located in only one campus with just a few students, the school now has about 2 thousand students at several campuses - in Dhaka,Chittagong and in Bogra.
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Discoursive and Organizational Strategies of Gulen Movement - Bekim Agai

(Video Duration: 5 mins 9 secs)

“… The success of the Gülen movement in the field of education has multiple dimensions. The Gülen movement as we see it today has a history which is rooted in that of the Turkish Republic. Organizational structures and the content of discourse developed in close relationship with the political history of Turkey and were shaped by the events in world history after 1990. Fethullah Gülen has managed to lead his followers into the modern world but within their religious framework. This framework has a discoursive and organizational side. He was able to lead the much closed cemaat to new horizons.”
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mapping the Gulen Movement International Conference - Q&A

(Video Duration: 8 mins. 43 secs)

The one-day international conference reflects different dimensions of the Gülen Movement, which originated in Turkey and then expanded throughout the world. International experts discuss the movement from the following viewpoints: theological, intellectual, financial, structural, political, gender, and sociocultural.
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Intellectual Dimension of the Gulen Movement - Pim Valkenberg

(Video Duration: 4 mins. 25 secs)

Pim Valkenberg presents his analysis on whether a difference exists between esoteric and exoteric forms of discourse that the Gulen Movement communicates. His analysis intends to bring facts-that the movement is addressing to diverse communities and profiles and the discourse is necessarily modified -to light in an answer to the claim that the movement has a double agenda.
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Fethullah Gulen and Arnold J. Toynbee - by Paul Weller

(Video Duration: 1 min 32 secs)

"Though coming from different civilisational backgrounds and having different personal biographies, in their thinking both Toynbee and Gülen stand against ways of thinking and acting that promote what can all too easily become the illusion that the uncomfortable plurality of the contemporary world can be abolished. Against such illusions Gülen warns that: “…different beliefs, races, customs and traditions will continue to cohabit in this village. Each individual is like a unique realm unto themselves; therefore the desire for all humanity to be similar to one another is nothing more than wishing for the impossible. For this reason, the peace of this (global) village lies in respecting all these differences, considering these differences to be part of our nature and in ensuring that people appreciate these differences. Otherwise, it is unavoidable that the world will devour itself in a web of conflicts, disputes, fights, and the bloodiest of wars, thus preparing the way for its own end.”
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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Mobilization and Organization in Gulen Movement - Muhammed Cetin

(Video Duration: 3 mins. 42 secs)

In an attempt to present the structural dimensions of the Gulen Movement, Dr. Muhammed Cetin delivers his presentation offering answers to how the movement mobilizes, what kind of institutions are set up, how they are governed and how the ideas diffuse. And finally the most frequently raised question “What exactly is the role of Fethullah Gulen?”, which he answers quoting from Gulen.
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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Structure and Operation of Gulen Movement Prof. Johan Leman

(Video Duration: 3 mins 43 secs)

The Gulen Chair holder at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, Prof. Johan Leman presents his analysis of the Gulen Movement, based on his studies and observations in his native country Belgium.
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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Fethullah Gulen - Souls of Immortality

(Video Duration: 7 mins. 44 secs.)

Immortal souls always preserve their vitality, and in every season, they show a different sign of life. They never wither or fade away; they never lose their vigor. Neither the setting sun or the fading moon, nor the passing days and nights, exhaust them. How can they possibly tire when the immutable source of their life and energy comes from the pot from which Khidr drank the elixir of life? In this climate, for those who set sail to explore their true nature, every spring is effervescent and magnificent, and every summer peaks in delight; every fall and winter are seasons of stirring challenge that prepare them for thrilling new leaps. Even if all sorts of terror lurk around them, these souls will always be robust and vigilant, and their exhilarating ethos will always emanate sublime sensations.
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Friday, July 5, 2013

Fethullah Gulen - Virtue and Happiness

(Video Duration: 8 mins. 16 secs.)

Those who promise happiness to people must equip them with virtues first. Happiness is out of reach for those whose hearts have not been saturated with virtue. From the past to the present, sound minds have always accepted it as so. Felicity and virtue are twins.
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Monday, July 1, 2013

Fethullah Gulen - Love For Truth

(Video Duration: 10 mins. 36 secs)

Truth means the essence and reality of a thing. It is to know clearly what a thing is, what it means, and what it signifies beyond its appearance and cognition. What is the essence and reality of the human being, the universe, and all things? What do they mean, both as individuals and as a whole? What is beyond this entire existence—from atoms to nebulas, from the smallest particles of a human being to his material and spiritual depths—and their orderliness, harmony, beauty, and wisdom?
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