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The Vision and Impact of Fethullah Gulen

by Maimul Ahsan Khan

The Vision and Impact of Fethullah Gulen Fethullah Gulen, who has been a household name in modern

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: Jan 1, 2012 • 174 Pages • 15 x 22,5 • ISBN 9781935295099
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Fethullah Gulen, who has been a household name in modern Turkey for several decades, has become something of a center of gravity for millions of people from all walks of life throughout the world. Gulen’s discourse is full of compassion for all with a deep concern for the whole of humankind as a prolific writer, public speaker and poet over a period of five decades. Aiming to expand the modern social space for selfless love and sacrifice for all humanity, Gulen has dedicated his entire life to developing a better, more humane society for all without benefitting from any tangible or intangible return of the activities of the Gulen movement throughout the world.

This work illustrates the ways in which Gulen and the supporters of the movement inspired by him have presented a new kind of social activism coupled with a deeper sense of spirituality and altruism that has been missing from many contemporary civic movements. It puts forth thoroughly the efforts of Gulen and his ardent supporters in trying to balance spiritual life and social activism in order to inspire people from every segment of society to make self sacrifices for the welfare of the complete cross section of societies all over the world.

This book shows the distinct, transnational voice of Gulen in regards to political and religious discourse. Detached from any political affiliation and critical of all kinds of extremism, Gulen has always advocated the path of moderation, honesty, and sincerity in order to protect the interests of the general public, irrespective of the cultural, racial, or national background and the religious practice of particular groups of people. The intellectual and spiritual undertaking Gulen and his supporters pursue through the social and educational activities knows no border of national, social, or ethnic identity, but indeed addresses the problem of hollowness in religious beliefs that lack action plans in life as well as the problem of modernity
accompanied by extreme selfishness and vulgar consumerism. The project is a grandiose one, and with it Gulen has evolved as a social reformer of a special kind, whose work continues to have a global impact.

Maimul Ahsan Khan is a professor of law at the University of Dhaka. Dr. Ahsan Khan has lectured extensively in the US and Bangladesh and authored many articles and books in the English, Russian, and Bengali languages.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introductionvii
Chapter 1: Gülen Echoes Rumi with a Difference1
Bridging the Gaps and Embracing Humanity8
Gülen’s Approach to Islamic Spiritual Life11
Chapter 2: Sufism in Theory and Practice: Gülen’s Perspective19
The Quest for the Original Sufism25
Submission to God vis-à-vis the Exalted Soul of Human Beings33
Link between Inner Qualities and Great Achievements36
Sufism between Inbisat and Itminan40
Chapter 3: Gülen’s Methodology of Schooling: Educational 
Enlightenment at Home and Abroad47
Gülen Inspired Schooling after the Collapse of the Soviet Union56
Chapter 4: Gülen’s Approach to the Qur’an and Ideal Society69
The Value of Reason and Thought75
The Peaceful Spirit of Islam93
Chapter 5: Gülen’s Notion of Hizmet and Public Good: 
From a Strategy to an Action Plan99
Solving the Paradox: How To Be a Balanced Muslim102
Gülen’s Strategy: Realization of Potential in a Non-reactive Way106
Chapter 6: Gülen’s Thoughts on Modern Democracy111
Islam and Democracy: Analytical Confusions and 
Conceptual Clarifications118
Finding a Middle Ground: The Case of Turkey123
Chapter 7: Gülen on Jihad, Tolerance, and Terrorism131
Hizmet: Gülen’s Way of Jihad140
Metaphysical Laws of Natural Sciences: Lost Dimensions of Jihad143
Gülen’s Response to the Clash of Civilizations Thesis149
Notes153
Index167

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ABOUT AUTHOR

Maimul Ahsan Khan
Maimul Ahsan Khan

As a Professor of Law and Fulbright Fellow, Maimul Ahsan Khan, has served to a number of American (UIUC-Law, UC-Davis-Berkeley), Czech, and Bangladeshi universities, Amnesty International-USA (Country Specialist on Afghanistan), Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies, UK-based Islamic Foundation in Leicester, Islamic University (Gazipur), International University in Qazvin. He has published a good number of books (more than a dozen) and many articles in Bengali, Russian, and English languages. He contributed to many Soviet, Iranian, Turkish, Czech, Malaysian, Taiwanese, Japanese, and American academic institutions and circles with a distinct voice of protest against all kinds of injustices, including violations of human rights in general and discrimination against Muslims and Bengalis in particular. From Tashkent State University, in 1985, he was awarded Ph.D. for his research on Jurisprudence with special emphasis on Islamic legal postulates as applied in the constitutional development of the Middle Eastern countries and tried to make some of the Soviet academic groups (especially Muslim-Communists) a little bit sensitive to Islamic issues of global and regional significance. He successfully challenged the long-lasting Soviet communist belief that Islam was dead and Muslims had no future at world stage as civilization-builders, and successfully demonstrated in his research that Islam was alive and Muslims had been coming back as an integral part of the overall religious, spiritual, and civilizational revival around the globe to play an active role in legal, political, cultural, commercial, and diplomatic life in the Middle East, Muslim World, and beyond.

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