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Fethullah Gülen is a moderate Turkish Muslim scholar, a prolific writer, philosopher, and leader of a self-named movement. His critics accuse him of undermining Turkish secular values, while his followers claim that he is a moderate religious scholar that is a victim of baseless and recurring attacks. Gülen and his Movement promote interfaith dialogue. The purpose of this essay is to examine Gülen’s relations with the Jewish community inside and outside Turkey, and analyze whether this dialogue is used as a tool to empower the Movement or to disseminate Islam, as Gülen’s critics claim, or whether it is based on a genuine desire to appeal to the Jewish community and carry out a real dialogue.

 

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Efrat Aviv
Efrat Aviv
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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