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Perspectives on the Gülen Movement

Perspectives on the Gülen Movement The world is changing—for better or worse depends on one’s social, political and economic perspective. This change is variously amplified within Islamic and Muslim societies, which are seemingly in constant flux in the neoliberal era. The economic dynamics of this era shape and remake our daily lives as they are expressed within the shifting theo-politics that partially defines and certainly affects these regions. As daily life is altered social movements respond by pivoting or anchoring themselves in relation to over-arching changes emblematic of the neo-liberal state. No movement is static and each must balance its relation to local communities as well as to the broader global currents of change. In this way, seemingly localized movements are required to orient part of their vision to more contemporary forms of expression of the state and its actors. Among Islamic-framed movements, we can see this glaringly in the cases of the Muslim Brotherhood, Jama’at, Hamas, and other such organizations. In light of these challenges and our responses to them, the Turkish Gülen or Hizmet (“service”) movement is no exception. Indeed, this movement presents an empirical example of an extensive contemporary social movement mobilizing across social spheres within a decidedly Islamic and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sociology of Islam Brill

Perspectives on the Gülen Movement

Sociology of Islam , Volume 1 (3-4): 127 – Apr 30, 2014

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Brill
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© 2014 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
Subject
Editorial
ISSN
2213-140X
eISSN
2213-1418
DOI
10.1163/22131418-00104001
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Abstract

The world is changing—for better or worse depends on one’s social, political and economic perspective. This change is variously amplified within Islamic and Muslim societies, which are seemingly in constant flux in the neoliberal era. The economic dynamics of this era shape and remake our daily lives as they are expressed within the shifting theo-politics that partially defines and certainly affects these regions. As daily life is altered social movements respond by pivoting or anchoring themselves in relation to over-arching changes emblematic of the neo-liberal state. No movement is static and each must balance its relation to local communities as well as to the broader global currents of change. In this way, seemingly localized movements are required to orient part of their vision to more contemporary forms of expression of the state and its actors. Among Islamic-framed movements, we can see this glaringly in the cases of the Muslim Brotherhood, Jama’at, Hamas, and other such organizations. In light of these challenges and our responses to them, the Turkish Gülen or Hizmet (“service”) movement is no exception. Indeed, this movement presents an empirical example of an extensive contemporary social movement mobilizing across social spheres within a decidedly Islamic and

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Sociology of IslamBrill

Published: Apr 30, 2014

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