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Hizmet: Question and Answers on the Gulen Movement

by Muhammed Cetin

Hizmet: Question and Answers on the Gulen Movement "

Paperback
: Jan 1, 2012 • 181 Pages • 15 x 22,5 • ISBN 9781935295174
Hardcover
: 9781935295174
Categories
: Current Affairs, Fethullah Gulen,
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“Dr. Cetin, who defines the Gulen Movement from a sociological perspective, states that the Movement has for the past two or three generations grasped the depths of ‘Islam without borders.’ It has put its principles into practice with the power of trust, compassion, sense of belonging, and interfaith dialogue. Dr. Cetin has given the world of religion a ‘must-read’ of historic proportions.”
Coval B. MacDonald
Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Religion


This book is about a contemporary social phenomenon which is known by a number of different names: “the Volunteers’ Movement”, “the Service Movement” or just “Hizmet.” Hizmet is also often referred to as the Gulen Movement by researchers and journalists, using the name of the Islamic scholar who inspired the Movement, Fethullah Gulen.


The Movement originated in 1970s’ Turkey as a faith-inspired initiative to improve educational opportunities for a local community; since then, it has grown into a transnational educational, intercultural and interfaith movement. It is estimated that participants number in several millions. Hizmet has securely established respected institutions (of different kinds, but mostly schools) on every continent revealing the capacity of an Islam-inspired movement to mobilize huge numbers of religiously minded and observant individuals not only to accept but to cherish a secular, pluralist, democratic social and political order.


Hizmet has attracted a great deal of academic attention in recent years. This book is intended to summarize and represent the conclusions of much of that academic work in a manner more easily accessible to the lay person or non-specialist.


Muhammed Cetin received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Derby, UK. He worked as lecturer, Vice Rector and Ministerial Adviser in Turkmenistan from 1992–1997. He also taught at the universities of Texas, Houston, and East Stroudsburg between 2003 and 2011. He was the President of the Institute of Interfaith Dialog, USA, from 2002–2008, and he has served as organizer and speaker for a number of interfaith conferences and intercultural activities. For several years he wrote a regular column for the international daily Today’s Zaman in Turkey.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

LIST OF QUESTIONSvi
PREFACExvii
INTRODUCTION1
THE HISTORY OF HIZMET7
ACTIVITIES, SERVICES AND INSTITUTIONS21
MOBILIZATION35
GOALS45
PARTICIPATION, IDENTITY AND THE INDIVIDUAL55
REWARDS AND INCENTIVES77
ALTRUISM81
THE NATURE OF HIZMET93
NATURE OF THE COUNTER-MOBILIZATION155
EFFICACY OF HIZMET163
Glossary175
Further reading178
INDEX179

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ABOUT AUTHOR

Muhammed Cetin
Muhammed Cetin

Muhammed Cetin (Cetin) is a sociologist who has taught at a number of universities in the US. While in the US he worked on a voluntary basis as President of the Institute of Interfaith Dialog, USA. He wrote a weekly column for the international daily Today’s Zaman until he was elected to Parliament in Turkey for the AK Party. He was the Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs committee of the Turkish Parliament and a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

 He served from 2011 until the end of 2013, when he resigned from the party in protest at the actions of the Prime Minister, but continued to serve as an independent. 

He is the author of The Gulen Movement: Civic service without borders (2010) and Hizmet: Questions and Answers on the Gulen Movement (2012), both published by Blue Dome Press, New York.

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