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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 Over the last couple of years, Turkey has weathered multiples storms in close succession: two general elections that took place in a polarized political climate, an escalation of the Turkey-PKK conflict, a crisis with Russia, the 2016 failed coup attempt followed by state of emergency measures, and the continued threat of terrorist attacks. The aftermath of the constitutional referendum in April...
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