Gulen Movement in Islam Embraced by Some Turkish Immigrants in the US

October 4, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

On October 4, 2005 The Washington Post reported, "[Many] Turkish Muslims [in the U.S.] embrace the ideas of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish mystic and scholar who teaches a moderate, outward-looking brand of Islam. Gulen, 64, has been living in the United States for the past six years. A reclusive figure, he shuns interviews and television appearances. But in recent years, his outlook, which stresses modern life and Islamic spirituality, has gained a growing number of supporters in Turkey and among the Washington area's estimated 20,000 Turks. He presents 'a modern interpretation of Islam compatible with science, democracy and freedom,' said Hasan Ali Yurtsever, 38, a research scholar in Georgetown University's mathematics department and a member of the study group. 'After 9/11, a lot of groups said they are moderate and changed their rhetoric,' said Zeyno Baran, director of International Security and Energy Programs at the Nixon Center, a Washington think tank. 'But the Gulen movement for the last 30 to 40 years has been saying the same thing. They have not changed their language because they want to be okay now.'"