Modern Muslims With Math on the Way to Allah by Claudia Keller and Thomas Seiber
For 30 years the Turkish preacher In the meantime the Gülen movement is behind 150 tutoring institutes and 12 schools has taught that Muslims should accept modernity, educate themselves, and at the same time remain pious.
Potsdam - Potsdam - It is not often that so many men and women with Turkish names are present in the lecture hall of the . But that will change, if things go the way of Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen.
The 68-year-old has taught for 30 years that Muslims should accept modern ways, educate themselves, and at the same time remain pious. His followers operate thousands of tutoring institutes, schools and universities worldwide. In Germany as well, Fethullah Gülen is finding more and more followers. Parents of Turkish origin send their children to what is by now 150 tutoring institutes and 12 schools run by the Gülen movement. Meanwhile, the tutoring facilities can be found in nearly every major city. In the Spandau borough of Berlin , schools run by the supporting organization TÜDESB belong to the network. Up to now, these religiously-inspired educational institutions have sought to hide from the public the fact that they belong to the Gülen network.
and Wednesday the Berlin FID, a Gülen-associated society for the development of intercultural dialog, and the Institute for Religious Studies of the University of Potsdam are hosting an international conference on “Muslims between tradition and modernity: The Gulen Movement as a bridge between cultures.” They enlisted the cooperation of the
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Thus many questions remained unresolved. It is not only in Turkey that Fethullah Gülen is regarded with a mixture of fascination and suspicion. Gülen, who comes from East Anatolia , made his name as an imam in the 1960s through his preaching. In the mid-1990s many Turkish politicians and intellectuals praised him as a modernizer of Islam, because he advocated a union of religion and science. Nature, in Gülen’s view, is the Book of Allah, which as a scientist one must learn to read. Science and modern technology are for him not the enemies of Islam, but rather sources of religious revelation. Gülen has met with leaders of other religions, including Pope John Paul II.
The army and judiciary in Turkey have always regarded Gülen with suspicion, Gülen fled to the United States , from where he continues to lead his movement. It includes not only schools but also trade associations and the Turkish World Media Group, with the religiously conservative quality newspaper "Zaman" among others. Last year, the verdict against him was lifted in Turkey . Patiently, and without open conflict with the secular establishment, pious Muslims should work to gain important positions, said Gülen accordingly. Prosecutors viewed this speech as a call to revolution.
The Gülen movement seeks to generate, through their own educational institutions, a Muslim elite which will find its way in the globalized world and also be pious, said Bekim Agai, an Islamic Studies expert, at the conference. secular curriculum
Because of this he was willing to participate in the organization of the meeting.
(This article appeared in the print edition of Tagesspiegel on May 28, 2009