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The real Fethullah Gülen

Fethullah Gülen and his beliefs represent nothing new in Islamic thought. Instead, as the hijacking of the Prospect poll shows, Gülenism is essentially a cult

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Fethullah Gülen, the Turkish Muslim ideologue who claims to find inspiration in Islamic mysticism (Sufism), has had a busy summer. Following the hijacking by his many admirers of the Prospect/Foreign Policy global public intellectuals poll, on 24th June he was acquitted by the Turkish judiciary of charges of fundamentalism and terrorism. Then, some Turkish media reported that Gülen has been denied a “green card” for permanent immigrant status in the US and faces deportation.

Rumours had circulated for some months that Gülen, who resided for several years, while ill, in Pennsylvania, had already returned to Turkey…

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