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Islam's Modern Day Ibn Battutas: Gülen teachers journeying towards the divine

Tittensor,D 2015, Islam's Modern Day Ibn Battutas: Gülen teachers journeying towards the divine, British journal of middle eastern studies, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 163-178, doi: 10.1080/13530194.2014.993864.

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Title Islam's Modern Day Ibn Battutas: Gülen teachers journeying towards the divine
Author(s) Tittensor,DORCID iD for Tittensor,D orcid.org/0000-0002-0719-873X
Journal name British journal of middle eastern studies
Volume number 42
Issue number 2
Start page 163
End page 178
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1469-3542
Summary There is a longstanding debate on whether Muslims can be modern. Some argue that they can only be so if they forsake their traditions and embrace rationalism. In this article I argue that the Gülen Movement, a transnational Turkish Muslim educational activist network has found a middle ground by blending religious traditions with modern day realities. Drawing on interviews from the movement's teachers and graduates of its schools, from Turkey, Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, I explore, through the prism of al-riḥla fī ṭalab al-ʿilm (travel in search of knowledge), their maintenance of the longstanding Islamic ritual of travel as a means of excelling both professionally and religiously. In turn, I demonstrate how the movement, on a number of levels, effectively reconciles the spiritual and the everyday through updating Islamic practices to better integrate themselves and other Muslims into a globalised world.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13530194.2014.993864
Field of Research 220403 Islamic Studies
220405 Religion and Society
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30069357

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
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