Fountain Archive

November 2017

Special Issue 2017
Talip Aydın, PhD

Judicial Independence No More: The Step-by-Step Destruction of the Rule of Law in Turkey

Judicial independence in Turkey has been dying for a long time, but it was annihilated after the July 15, 2016 coup attempt. A comprehensive portrait of how the country, once a beacon of dem... read more..

Special Issue 2017
Sage Chen

Erdoğan’s Fight against the Gülen Movement & The Demise of Turkish State Rationality

Since the corruption scandal of December 2013, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has waged an all-out war against the Gülen (or Hizmet) movement. The anti-Gülenist campaign started with... read more..

Special Issue 2017
Greg Barton, PhD

What On Earth Has Gone So Wrong in Turkey?

One year after the mysterious coup attempt of July 15, the situation in Turkey has become much clearer. Unfortunately, it has also become much darker. In the confusing hours of that terrible... read more..

Special Issue 2017
Faruk Mercan

No Return from Democracy: Democracy in the Thought of Gülen and Erdoğan’s Politics

Many countries around the world are facing a crises of democracy. With authoritarianism on the rise, countries from Asia to Europe to the Americas are grappling with critical choices about g... read more..

Special Issue 2017
Rev. Dr. Ian G. Williams

"Ours Is Not a Caravan of Despair" - The Hizmet Movement of Fethullah Gülen and the Common Good – A Perspective from the UK

The Hizmet (service, in Turkish) movement associated with the Turkish teacher Fethullah Gülen [b. 1941] is part of the emerging “European Islam” which has its own diversity in the expression of Turkis... read more..

Special Issue 2017
Imam Omar Shakir

Hizmet Embraces the Entire Human Family

I'm saddened to hear that the Hizmet Movement here is being categorized as a terror group. I've been working with them now for the past eight years. I've had an opportunity to work closely with them ... read more..

Special Issue 2017
Shaykh Muhammad Fathi Hijazi

Fethullah Gülen Is One of the Most Distinguished Islamic Scholars of Our Century

The Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said, “Scholars are heirs of the prophets.” The Islamic intellectual, the honorable Fethullah Gülen, is one of the distinguished scholars of our century. He i... read more..

Special Issue 2017
Ahmed Rehab

Hizmet Is a True Embodiment of the Islamic Ideals of Love and Service to the Other

I have seen many un-Islamic cults play out in the word today: ISIS, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, al-Shabab. Hizmet is not an un-Islamic cult. From my interaction with the volunteers, it is anything... read more..

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