Toward an Islamic Enlightenment: The Gulen Movement by M. Hakan YavuzToward an Islamic Enlightenment: The Gulen Movement by M. Hakan Yavuz

Toward an Islamic Enlightenment: The Gulen Movement

byM. Hakan Yavuz

Hardcover | January 23, 2013

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M. Hakan Yavuz offers an insightful and wide-ranging study of the Gulen Movement, one of the most controversial developments in contemporary Islam. Founded in Turkey by the Muslim thinker Fethullah Gulen, the Gulen Movement aims to disseminate a 'moderate' interpretation of Islam throughfaith-based education. Its activities have fundamentally altered religious and political discourse in Turkey in recent decades, and its schools and other institutions have been established throughout Central Asia and the Balkans, as well as western Europe and North America. Consequently, its goalsand modus operandi have come under increasing scrutiny around the world.Yavuz introduces readers to the movement, its leader, its philosophies, and its practical applications. After recounting Gulen's personal history, he analyzes Gulen's theological outlook, the structure of the movement, its educational premise and promise, its financial structure, and itscontributions (particularly to debates in the Turkish public sphere), its scientific outlook, and its role in interfaith dialogue. Towards an Islamic Enlightenment shows the many facets of the movement, arguing that it is marked by an identity paradox: despite its tremendous contribution to theintroduction of a moderate, peaceful, and modern Islamic outlook-so different from the Iranian or Saudi forms of radical and political Islam-the Gulen Movement is at once liberal and communitarian, provoking both hope and fear in its works and influence.
M. Hakan Yavuz is Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah.
Title:Toward an Islamic Enlightenment: The Gulen MovementFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 23, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199927995

ISBN - 13:9780199927999


Table of Contents

IntroductionMan1. Lives in Context2. The Contextual Theology of Glen: Islamic EnlightenmentMovement3. The Structure of the Movement: Authority, Networks, and Communal Spaces4. Education and the Golden Generation5. Islamic Ethics and the Spirit of CapitalismMeaning and Ideas6. Islam in the Public Sphere7. Secularism and Science8. Interfaith Dialogue9. The Military and the JDP10. The Critics of the MovementConclusionNotesIndex