The house of service: the Gulen movement and Islam's third way

Tittensor, David 2014, The house of service: the Gulen movement and Islam's third way, Oxford University Press, New York, NY.

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Title The house of service: the Gulen movement and Islam's third way
Author(s) Tittensor, David
Publication date 2014
Total pages 272
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of Publication New York, NY
Keyword(s) Islam
Religion
Transnational movements
Turkey
Summary David Tittensor offers a groundbreaking new perspective on the Gülen movement, a Turkish Muslim educational activist network that emerged in the 1960s and has grown into a global empire with an estimated worth of $25 billion. Named after its leader Fethullah Gülen, the movement has established more than 1,000 secular educational institutions in over 140 countries, aiming to provide holistic education that incorporates both spirituality and the secular sciences.

Despite the movement's success, little is known about how its schools are run, or how Islam is operationalized. Drawing on thirteen months of ethnographic fieldwork in Turkey, Tittensor explores the movement's ideo-theology and how it is practiced in the schools. His interviews with both teachers and graduates from Africa, Indonesia, Central Asia, and Turkey show that the movement is a missionary organization, but of a singular kind: its goal is not simply widespread religious conversion, but a quest to recoup those Muslims who have apparently lost their way and to show non-Muslims that Muslims can embrace modernity and integrate into the wider community. Tittensor also examines the movement's operational side and shows how the schools represent an example of Mohammad Yunus's social business model: a business with a social cause at its heart.

The House of Service is an insightful exploration of one of the world's largest transnational Muslim associations, and will be invaluable for those seeking to understand how Islam will be perceived and practiced in the future.
ISBN 9780199336418
Language eng
Field of Research 220403 Islamic Studies
220405 Religion and Society
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category A1 Books - authored - research
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061999

Document type: Book
Collection: Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
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