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For the Sake of Allah

The Origin, Development and Discourse of the Gulen Movement

Anwar Alam


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For the Sake of Allah explores the G len Movement, also known as Hizmet, a religio-social movement inspired by Fethullah G len, one of the most prominent Islamic scholars of Turkish origin in the modern world. Notwithstanding the current purge of Hizmet under the Erdoğan regime, it is one of the most interesting faith-based movements to arise from a Muslim society in the twentieth century. Since the late 1960s, Hizmet has opened thousands of schools around the world and has also contributed to relief efforts in Turkey and abroad. In this book, Anwar Alam shares a decade of research and field work based on the religious, educational, political, and social contexts that have shaped the essential dynamics of both G len and the Movement. At a time when the G len Movement has been primarily analyzed and debated through the "state prism" and "security discourse," especially following the failed Turkish military coup of July 2016, this book takes a longue dur e perspective and provides a holistic treatment of Hizmet as essentially a postmodern phenomenon.

Blue Dome Press, 9781682060223, 385pp.

Publication Date: March 5, 2019

About the Author

Anwar Alam, PhD, is Senior Fellow with Policy Perspectives Foundation, New Delhi. Earlier he served as Professor of International Relations at Zirve University, Gaziantep, Turkey, and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi; Director of Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, and Associate Professor at School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is a recipient of the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Germany, and specializes in West Asian and South Asian Studies.