November 27, 2015

Hizmet in Africa: The Activities and Significance of the Hizmet Movement

Hizmet in Africa by David Shinn
A new book, Hizmet in Africa, by Ambassador David H. Shinn has been published by Tsehai Publishers, which is one of the few publishing companies dedicated to African literature. The book first introduces Fethullah Gulen, the Movement he inspired and what Hizmet is. Then the author focuses on first the economic relationship of Hizmet followers with Africa through TUSKON, business, and banking sectors. In addition, the education side of the Hizmet followers has been studied through Gulen-affiliated schools and related programs. In other chapters, a thorough research on dialogue centers, humanitarian activities, media and outreach programs have been conducted to give an overall picture of activities. The book concludes with a look at the governing party in Turkey, AKP, and Turkey-Africa relations in light of these openings with Hizmet people.

November 26, 2015

Interfaith push to explore unity and peace between Muslims and Christians

Canberra's Muslims are not doing enough to explain their faith and culture to their neighbors the director of the ACT's Islamic Bluestar Intercultural Centre has said.

Pro-AK Party channel replaces Samanyolu at Türksat after removal of critical station

Turkish officials gave the frequencies used by Samanyolu TV channel, which was recently removed from the state-owned Turkish Satellite Communications Company (Türksat), to a pro-government channel which had obvious visual similarities with the banned station.

AK Party continues to replace workers at seized firms with loyalists

The panel of trustees appointed to Kaynak Holding and Koza İpek Holding as part of Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government-backed operations is continuing to dismiss employees, firing 26 more on Wednesday and recruiting government supporters.

November 25, 2015

African Union Commission chair supports creation of more Turkish schools

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, said on Tuesday during a visit to Johannesburg that volunteers working for the faith-based Gülen movement -- inspired by the teachings of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen -- should continue to build schools and other institutions in Africa.

ALDE’s Watson says illiberal state leads to unjust action against Gülen followers

Sir Graham Watson, the outgoing president of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Party, has said, while citing the consequences of a country's deviation from liberal values, that the politically motivated moves targeting the followers of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen are the result of an illiberal state.

Where corruption dovetails with tyranny

Ali Yurttagül

Turkey is experiencing the moment where corruption meets and overlaps with tyranny.

November 24, 2015

Civil Rights, the Hizmet Movement, and the Liberative Power of Education

Scott C. Alexander

One of the foundational principles of the teachings of M. Fethullah Gulen, and thus one of the animating principles of the Hizmet movement, is the notion that education is one of the primary means by which the human person becomes most authentically human and thus reaches her or his full potential.

November 23, 2015

Gülen movement can serve as bridge between Islamic and secular nations, intellectuals agree

Amid ongoing efforts by the Turkish government to close down schools opened by Turkish entrepreneurs linked to the faith-based Gülen movement, also known as the Hizmet movement, intellectuals and academics across Europe at a symposium in Germany agreed that thanks to its worldwide educational activities, the movement can serve as a bridge in promoting interreligious and interethnic dialogue between Islamic countries and secular ones.

Handcuffed headscarved women, religion teacher arrested by ’Islamic’ government

Abdülhamit Bilici

The ongoing state of madness, reminiscent of previous extraordinary periods, will certainly come to an end.

Irrelevance of reform pledges

Lale Kemal

There has been an ongoing massive crackdown on companies and their affiliates in the media sector that are perceived as critical of the Turkish government.