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Mastering Knowledge in Modern Times Fethullah Gulen as an Islamic Scholar

by Ismail Albayrak

Mastering Knowledge in Modern Times Fethullah Gulen as

: Jan 1, 2012 • 169 Pages • 15 x 22,5 • ISBN 9781935295105
: 9781935295105
: Fethullah Gulen,
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A number of conferences have been organized in recent years emphasizing the social, civic, and educational activities of the Gulen Movement (aka Hizmet), as well as Gulen's contribution to interreligious dialogue. However, very little attention has been paid to his formal and informal education, his scholarly works, and his interpretation of basic Islamic sources and disciplines in
the modern period. In fact, his expertise goes beyond the limitations of modern academic compartmentalization of Islamic studies. This edited book aims to explore Gulen's personal and theological
profile in relation to Qur'anic exegesis (tafsir), Prophetic tradition (hadith), Islamic law (fiqh), Islamic systematic theology (kalam), and Islamic mysticism or Sufism (tasawwuf). Gulen's
private study circle and the texts and style of education that he continues to teach is also separately covered in order to reflect his mastership over Islamic disciplines.

Professor Ismail Albayrak is the Fethullah Gulen Chair in the Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Relations, School of Theology, Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.
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List of Contributorsvii
Introduction / İsmail Albayrakix
Chapter 1
Fethullah Gülen’s Approach to Qur’anic Exegesis / İsmail Albayrak1
Chapter 2
Fethullah Gülen’s Thought on Hadith / Halim Çalış39
Chapter 3
A Classical Scholar with a Modern Outlook:
Fethullah Gülen and His Legal Thought / İsmail Acar65
Chapter 4
Fethullah Gülen and His Theology of Social Responsibility / Zeki Sarıtoprak85
Chapter 5
Sufism and Fethullah Gülen / Mehmet Yavuz Şeker97
Chapter 6
Gülen’s Teaching Methodology in His Private Circle / Ergün Çapan127

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Ismail Albayrak
Ismail Albayrak

Professor Albayrak completed his MA at the University of Ankara in 1995 and received his PhD degree from Leeds University in 2000. He then took up a position at Sakarya University in Turkey, where he taught and wrote on Qur’anic Studies, classical exegesis, contemporary approaches to the Qur’an, interfaith dialogue and orientalism. He also has research interests in the place of Muslim communities and their activities in a globalizing world. In November 2008 he was appointed to Fethullah Gulen Chair in the Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Relations at Australian Catholic University.