Hizmet (Gulen) Movement: Origins, Activities, Structure, and the Critics
Inspired by the ideas and teachings of Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen, the movement has developed into one of the largest global, faith-based social movements in the world with millions of adherents.
It has established hundreds of schools, interfaith, inter cultural dialogue institutions, and relief organizations throughout the world. With its pro-democratic and pro-business approaches, the Hizmet Movement has contributed greatly to the democratization and prosperity of Turkey in latest decades. Although the movement is rooted in spiritual Islamic teachings, and offers a modern "moderate Islamic" face, through internationalization of its adherents, it also offers a universal, humanistic set of values applicable to other faiths.
Dogan Koc is the executive director of the Gulen Institute at the University of Houston. Before his work at the institute, Dr. Koc worked at the Cairo University as a visiting scholar, and taught at the Austin College in Sherman, TX. He received his PhD degree in Political Science from the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Koc also holds degrees in chemistry, education, and sociology. In his studies, he focuses on conflict resolution, international relations, and social movements. He conducted one of the first and most extensive quantitative researches on Turkey's Kurdish conflict, in which he analyzes the strategies of military, government and civil society applied in the resolution of the conflict. He is also the author of the recent book "Strategic Defamation of Fethullah Gulen: Turkish vs. English."