Fethullah Gülen

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Fethullah Gülen
Born (1941-04-27) 27 April 1941 (age 79)
EraModern era
RegionMuslim scholar
SchoolHanafi, Sufi
Main interests
Sufism, Mainstream Islamic thought, education, interfaith dialogue among the People of the Book
Notable ideas
Service (hizmet); interfaith dialogue; civil society
The young Gülen

Fethullah Gülen is a Turkish preacher, author, educator and Muslim scholar. He lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania (USA).

Gülen teaches a moderate version of Sunni / Hanafi Islam, deriving from that of Said Nursi's teachings and modernizing them. Gülen condemns terrorism,[1] supports communication between people of different religions, and has initiated such dialogue with the Vatican and some Jewish organisations.[2] Until 2013 he was an ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who later blamed him for the 2016 Turkish coup d'état attempt. He operates a worldwide organisation called the Gülen Movement also known as FETÖ.[3]

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