The Gülen movement is a transnational religious and social movement led by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen. He has attracted a large number of supporters in Turkey, Central Asia and increasingly in other parts of the World. The movement is mainly active in education and interfaith dialogue however there are also substantial investments in media, finance, and for profit health clinics. The movement has been described as a "pacifist, modern-minded Islam, often praised as a contrast to more extreme Salafism."
The movement has no official name but it is usually called simply as Hizmet (The Service) by its followers and is known euphemistically as Cemaat (The Community / Assembly) to the broader public in Turkey.
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... 1938, 1941 or 1942 Gülen born in Korucuk village of Pasinler township in Pasinler, Erzurum Province. 1950s Gülen's first meeting with people from the Nur movement 1960 death of Said Nursî. 1960s Gülen begins attracting disciples while a state preacher in Izmir 1971 Gülen arrested for an alleged crime of organizing and/or participating activities to change the ...
... Güney has been in contact with Fethullah Gülen, an Islamic preacher ... Güney arranged his first meetings with Gülen in 1989-1991 at the Fem cram school (Turkish dershane) in Altunizade, Istanbul ... Zaman and Samanyolu are claimed to be Gülen's flagship media organizations ...
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