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The Gülen Movement

Building Social Cohesion through Dialogue and Education

In recent years, Muslim communities in Europe and throughout the West have come under increasingly virulent criticism, blamed for everything from terrorism to breakdowns of social cohesion and ideas of national identity. In response, the Gülen Movement, inspired by the teachings of Turkish Muslim scholar Fethullah Gülen, has organized volunteers to use dialogue and education as ways to bridge the divide of misunderstanding that separates Muslims and non-Muslims. The Gülen Movement analyzes the work of the Gülen volunteers using social movement theory, helping us to understand the interactions of its origins, goals, structure, and composition.

251 pages | 2 halftones | 5 7/10 x 8 3/10 | © 2010

Sociology: Race, Ethnic, and Minority Relations

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Social Cohesion and the Volunteers Movement
Chapter 2: The Social Background of the Gülen Movement
Chapter 3: Text and the Gülen Movement: A textual linguistic analysis
Chapter 4: Gülen’s Philosophy of Education
Chapter 5: Gülen’s Teaching of Dialogue and Tolerance
Chapter 6: Gülen’s Paradigm of Peace
Chapter 7: The Specificities and the Criticisms
Chapter 8: Lessons from the Gülen Movement

Appendix: Methodology
About the Author
Glossary of Terms

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