The New Turkey
August 4, 2020
Fethullah Gulen is not as active as he used to be in the movement. He
gets sick more frequently (he has diabetes). They now have a council of
elders, 12 'wise men'. Most of them are in the US, close to Fethullah. They meet regularly and make decisions on the big issues affecting the
The movement of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen has started discussions on who will replace the leader of the movement, with four members in the running to succeed the ailing leader, according to an intelligence report prepared by analysts who track the group’s activities.The four were identified as Mehmet Ali Şengül, Cevdet Türkyolu, Osman Şimşek and Ahmet Kurucan. http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nID=104881&NewsCatID=341
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF GULEN’S MOVEMENT
A discussion of the significance of Gulen’s movement requires considering both the organizational structure of the movement itself, the movement’s place in Turkey’s political and economic system, and its influence beyond Turkey.
First, the organizational structure of the movement is seen as hierarchical and somewhat non-democratic, which is somewhat unexpected given the community’s liberal attitudes and tolerance of differences. Gulen is the sole leader of the movement and the hierarchical order extends from the top to the bottom through an increasing number of abiler (elder brothers).