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Thursday, September 16, 2010

NEW RESEARCH- Muslim Networks and Movements in Western Europe - Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

The Rumi Forum is part of a global movement usually referred to as the Gulen Movement - inspired by Fethullah Gulen. Pew Research has produced a report that was officially launched and published yesterday, September 15, 2010. The Gulen Movement is involved in numerous educational and dialogue activites in more than 100 countries. Some estimate the number of schools to number more than 1000 in 110 countries. The movement is primarily involved in interfaith dialogue (like the Rumi Forum), media, hospitals, schools and universities and welfare/relief organizations. The report also includes a section on Gulen Movement activities in the USA - mentioning the Rumi Forum in the appendices. Hizmet (meaning service in Turkish) is the word used by members of the Gulen Movement to describes themselves.

Muslim Networks and Movements in Western Europe
Gülen Movement
The Gülen movement refers to a cluster of religious, educational and social organizations founded and inspired by Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish Islamic scholar, author and speaker now in his late 60s. The movement strives to give faithful Muslims the secular education they need to thrive in the modern world. At the same time, it also emphasizes the importance of traditional religious teachings. To this end, the movement has inspired the creation of a worldwide network of schools and other centers of learning that focus on secular subjects in the classroom but also offer extracurricular programs that emphasize religious themes.
By some estimates, there are now more than 1,000 Gülen-inspired schools and centers in more than 100 countries around the world.  In Germany, the European country with the strongest Gülen presence, there are at least a dozen of these schools and more than 150 smaller educational and cultural centers. While open to students of all backgrounds, Gülen-inspired schools in Europe typically cater to Turkish immigrants and their offspring.  Many of the schools charge tuition, but it is generally low because the schools are subsidized by wealthy supporters of Fethullah Gülen.

Muslim Networks and Movements in Western Europe - Gülen Movement - Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Schoolgirls write on a chalkboard during a lesson at Türkisch Deutsches
Bildungsinstitut Berlin-Brandenburg (TÜDESB), a Gülen-inspired school in Berlin.-

The report was also covered by Reuters Press on September 15, 2010:
Low support for radicalism among European Muslims | Reuters

Primary researcher, Peter Mandaville spoke at the Rumi Forum
Globalization, Identity and the Transformation of Islamic Activism | Luncheons
and also on Youtube:
YouTube - Globalization, Identity and the Transformation of Islamic Activism- Rumi Forum

(Peter Mandaville, Director, Center for Global Studies, and Professor of Government and Islamic Studies, George Mason University; Visiting Fellow 2009-10, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life)

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