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.

Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads

Title Islam's Modern Day Ibn Battutas: Gülen teachers journeying towards the divine
Author(s) Tittensor,DORCID iD for Tittensor,D
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

Connect to link resolver
Unless expressly stated otherwise, the copyright for items in DRO is owned by the author, with all rights reserved.

Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 1 times in TR Web of Science
Scopus Citation Count Cited 1 times in Scopus
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Access Statistics: 435 Abstract Views, 97 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Tue, 03 Feb 2015, 10:28:03 EST

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact