Wednesday, February 19, 2014
When a respectable theologian recently said, “The problem is whether these entities [religious communities] will knowingly or unknowingly become part of the intervention with Turkey,” this made explicit what has long been implicitly purported in recent debates.
An elderly man approached me as I was walking out of the mosque. He recognized me; apparently, he wanted to tell me something. He said, “I have been voting for these people for almost two decades; but I now feel disappointed.” I tried to calm him down, but he continued, “Who has the right to insult an Islamic scholar so arrogantly?”
Saturday, February 15, 2014
A European Parliament (EP) committee discussed on Wednesday a proposal, calling on the Hizmet movement to increase transparency, a call backed by the movement.
The proposal has been tabled as a proposed amendment to an annual report on EU candidate Turkey, drafted by Dutch Christian Democrat Ria Oomen-Ruijten. The measure, known as the 87th amendment proposal, was taken up at the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Indonesia is the world's most densely populated Muslim country, and in many respects has the potential to become one of the leading countries in the world.
I have been living here for several years and, during this time, I have witnessed numerous intellectuals, scholars, opinion formers, community leaders and academics nurture and express favorable opinions about Fethullah Gülen, a well-respected Turkish Islamic scholar. Many of them haven't seen Gülen in person, but have read or listened to his translated works or sermons, and even limited exposure to Gülen's views has been enough to develop admiration for him.
Not long ago, Turkey was considered a model of constitutional democracy in the Middle East. For this reason, President Obama chose Turkey as his first majority-Muslim destination. But this 90-year old democracy is now facing a major crisis. Four corruption investigations that touched the sons of three ministers and the prime minister have sparked massive government reaction, led to the collapse of rule of law and significantly undermined the foundations of Turkish democracy.
SAYLORSBURG, PA.—Fethullah Gulen, a frail 75-year-old Islamic preacher with a gift for oratory, leads an ascetic life in a 10-hectare compound tucked into rolling farmland and woods here, far from the political crisis and international intrigue he is accused of instigating in his native Turkey.
Aides say Gulen stays in a small apartment atop a modern three-storey house, one of 10 buildings on the bucolic property. He has gone out the front gate, past the stately oak and cedar trees, only a few times since he moved here in 1999 just ahead of a treason charge back in Turkey.
Turkey's political agenda has become extremely complicated in the aftermath of the corruption operation and probe that started on Dec. 17. This state of complicated affairs negatively affects economic indicators as well as the political situation in the country.