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Turkey: Fethullah Gulen Profile

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International Herald Tribune

Fethullah Gulen is a provincial Turkish preacher who has inspired a worldwide network of Muslims who feel at home in the modern world.

The chief characteristic of the Gulen movement is that it does not seek to subvert modern secular states, but encourages practising Muslims to use to the full the opportunities they offer. It is best understood as the Islamic equivalent of Christian movements appealing to business and the professions. Like them, it is feared by some for its ability to mobilise considerable resources and for its influence among decision-makers.

Turkey Accuses Popular Islamist of Plot Against State

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The Guardian

One of Turkey's most popular religious leaders, Fethullah Gulen, was charged yesterday with trying to undermine the secular system and set up an Islamic dictatorship.

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