In his keynote address, Prof. Ergil from Ankara University, Turkey, reflects on the Gulen Movement in relation to the political landscape in Turkey and the alleged “political Islam” or “politicization of Islam” around the world at large. Ergil presents the movement’s standpoints concerning Islam and modernity as well as how it has shaped the atmosphere at home, Turkey, with its particularities.
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. This multidimensional approach provides useful pointers about this transnational movement. The Gülen Movement, also called the Volunteers Movement, is rooted in the teachings of Muslim scholar M. Fethullah Gülen. The movement's messages and praxis are discussed and reflected on, and its organization and accomplishments, including its resonance thoroughly analyzed. By focusing on its seven dimensions, this interdisciplinary conference contributes to a comprehensive view of one of the most widely discussed societal programs in the contemporary world.