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Fethullah Gülen in Short

Qualifications

Extensive knowledge and teaching experience in Islamic scholarship. Proficient author with more than sixty books translated into many world languages. Recognized as the world's top public intellectual in Foreign Policy / Prospect poll in 2008. Years of service as an imam, preacher, and civil society activist with acclaimed competence as a speaker on Islam, education, and dialogue in Turkey.

Education

Fethullah GülenClassical education in Islamic scholarship at various divinity schools (Kurşunlu, Kemhan, Taşmescid) under a number of Turkey's renowned Sufi scholars and masters, such as Ramiz Gülen, Muhammed Lütfi, Haci Sıtkı, Sadi Efendi, and Osman Bektaş (1951–1956)

Compulsory elementary education (1946–1949)

Home schooling along with memorization of the whole Qur'an and mastering recitation skills (before 1946)

Employment

Imam / Preacher

Fethullah Gülen
  • Voluntary Imam / Preacher, Erzurum, Amasya, Tokat, Sivas (1955–1958)
  • Deputy Imam, Üçşerefeli Mosque, Edirne (1959–1961)
  • Imam / Lecturer, Iskenderun, while serving compulsory military service (1961–1963)
  • Member of the Public Hall, Erzurum (1963). Convened conferences and lectured on Rumi
  • Qur'an Teacher / Imam, Dar'ul Hadis Mosque, Edirne (1964)
  • Senior Preacher (Merkez Vaizi), Kırklareli (1965)
  • Senior Preacher, Izmir (1966–1971)
  • Director / Teacher, Kestanepazarı Boarding Qur'anic School (1966–1971)
  • Senior Preacher, Edremit (1972–1974)
  • Senior Preacher, Manisa (1974–1976)
  • Senior Preacher, Izmir, Bornova (1976–1980)
  • Voluntary Preacher, Istanbul, Izmir, and throughout Turkey (post-retirement service) (1986–1989)

Speaker

  • Delivered a series of talks in Turkey and Europe (1975–1977)
  • Talks on social, cultural, and religious matters recorded and broadcast every week on www.herkul.org (2003– present)

Honorary President / Civil Society Leader

  • Founder member of the Journalists and Writers Foundation (1994)
  • Participated in interfaith gatherings and promoted dialogue through a number of events organized by this foundation. (1994–1998)
  • Honorary president of Rumi Forum, Washington D.C. (1999–present)

Awards

Fethullah Gülen

  • "Contribution to Harmony between Societies and Peace Award" from Kyrgyzstan Spirituality Foundation (2007)
  • Awards from the Turk 2000 Foundation, the Türk Ocakları Vakfı, the Silk Road Foundation, for his contributions to education, culture and peace (1998)
  • Award from TURKSAV for his promotion of education in Central Asia (1997)
  • Special November 24 Award from Türk Eğitim-Sen (1997)
  • EastWest Institute honors Fethullah Gülen with 2011 EWI Peace Building Award
  • Awards from Mehmetçik Foundation (society to support soldiers fallen or injured while fighting terrorism) and the Police Department for substantial donations and from the TUSIAV Foundation for contribution to civil society, peace and education (1996)
  • Nihal Atsız Service to the Turkish World (Türk Dünyası Hizmet Ödülü) award from the Türk Ocakları Vakfı for his encouragement of and contribution to education in Turkey, Central Asia and the Balkans (1995)

Author

Fethullah GülenEssays for periodicals

  • Lead article for every issue of Sızıntı monthly magazine since its first publication in 1979 (2009 circulation 700,000)
  • Contributor to Yeni Ümit, a quarterly magazine for religious studies (since 1988), and Yağmur, a literary magazine (since 1998)
  • Contributor to Zaman daily newspaper with a weekly page compiled from his published works and commentaries.

Books (in Turkish – in order of first print)

Books

  • Çağ ve Nesil, 1982
  • Asrın Getirdiği Tereddütler-1, 1983
  • Renkler Kuşağında Hakikat Tomurcukları 1, 1985
  • Buhranlar Anaforunda İnsan, 1986
  • Ölüm Ötesi Hayat, 1987
  • Yitirilmiş Cennete Doğru, 1988
  • Dua Mecmuası, 1988
  • Asrın Getirdiği Tereddütler-2, 1989
  • Hüzmeler ve İktibaslar, 1990
  • Asrın Getirdiği Tereddütler-3, 1990
  • Zamanın Altın Dilimi, 1991
  • İnancın Gölgesinde 1, 1991
  • Renkler Kuşağında Hakikat Tomurcukları 2, 1991
  • İnancın Gölgesinde 2, 1992
  • Asrın Getirdiği Tereddütler-4, 1992
  • Günler Baharı Soluklarken, 1993
  • Sonsuz Nur 1, 1993
  • Sonsuz Nur 2, 1994
  • Sonsuz Nur 3, 1994
  • Kalbin Zümrüt Tepeleri 1, 1994
  • Prizma 1, 1995
  • Fasıldan Fasıla 1, 1995
  • Fasıldan Fasıla 2, 1995
  • Kitap ve Sünnet Perspektifinde Kader, 1995
  • İla-yı Kelimetullah veya Cihad, 1996
  • Yeşeren Düşünceler, 1996
  • Fasıldan Fasıla 3, 1996
  • Prizma 2, 1997
  • Fatiha Üzerine Mülahazalar, 1998
  • Ruhumuzun Heykelini Dikerken, 1998
  • İrşad Ekseni, 1998
  • Varlığın Metafizik Boyutu 1, 1998
  • Varlığın Metafizik Boyutu 2, 1998
  • Prizma 3, 1999
  • Kırık Mızrap, 2000
  • Işığın Göründüğü Ufuk, 2000
  • Kur'an'dan İdrake Yansıyanlar 1, 2000
  • Kur'an'dan İdrake Yansıyanlar 2, 2000
  • Ölçü veya Yoldaki Işıklar, 2000
  • Mealli Dua Mecmuası, 2000
  • Fasıldan Fasıla 4, 2001
  • Kalbin Zümrüt Tepeleri 2, 2001
  • Kırık Testi, 2002
  • Çekirdekten Çınara, 2002
  • Prizma 4, 2003
  • Yaratılış Gerçeği ve Evrim, 2003
  • Dua Ufku, 2003
  • Çocuğun Dini Eğitimi, 2003
  • Sabah ve Akşam Duaları, 2003
  • İnsanın Özündeki Sevgi, 2003
  • Örnekleri Kendinden Bir Hareket, 2004
  • Kırık Testi - 1 (Kırık Testi), 2004
  • Beyan, 2004
  • Bir Kutup Varlık Anne, 2004
  • Kur'an-ı Kerim ve Hadis-i Şeriflerde Anne-Baba, 2004
  • Sohbet-i Canan (Kırık Testi 2), 2004
  • Gurbet Ufukları (Kırık Testi 3), 2004
  • Renklerin Diliyle, 2004
  • Kırık Testi - 2 (Sohbeti Canan), 2005
  • Kırık Testi - 3 (Gurbet Ufukları), 2005
  • Kalbin Zümrüt Tepeleri 3, 2005
  • Kendi Dünyamıza Doğru, 2005
  • Fikir Atlası (Fasıldan Fasıla 5), 2006
  • Kırık Testi - 4 (Ümit Burcu), 2006
  • El Kulubud Daria, 2007
  • Kırık Testi - 5 (İkindi Yağmurları), 2007
  • Kırık Testi - 6 (Diriliş Çağrısı), 2008
  • Prizma - 5 (Kendi İklimimiz), 2008
  • Kalbin Zümrüt Tepeleri 4, 2008
  • Zihin Harmanı (Prizma 7), 2008
  • Sükutun Çığlıkları, 2008
  • Kırık Testi - 7 (Ölümsüzlük İksiri), 2009
  • Prizma - 6 (Yol Mülahazaları), 2009
  • Enginliğiyle Bizim Dünyamız, 2009
  • Kırık Testi - 8 (Vuslat Muştusu), 2010
  • Prizma - 7 (Zihin Harmanı), 2010
  • Kırık Testi - 9 (Kalb İbresi), 2010
  • Kırık Testi - 10 (Cemre Beklentisi), 2010
  • Prizma - 8 (Çizgimizi Hecelerken), 2011
  • Kırık Testi - 11 (Yaşatma İdeali), 2011

Books in English

  • Towards the Lost Paradise, 1996
  • Pearls of Wisdom, 1997
  • Key Concepts in the Practice of Sufism Vol. 1, 1998
  • The Essentials of the Islamic Faith, 2000
  • Questions and Answers about Islam Vol. 1, 2000 (originally published in 1993)
  • The Necessity of Interfaith Dialogue, 2004
  • Islam and Democracy, 2004
  • Key Concepts in the Practice of Sufism Vol. 2, 2004
  • Toward a Global Civilization of Love and Tolerance, 2004
  • The Messenger of God: An Analysis of the Prophet's Life, 2005
  • Religious Education of the Child, 2004
  • The Statue of Our Souls, 2005
  • Questions and Answers about Islam Vol. 2, 2005
  • Selected Prayers of Prophet Muhammad and Great Muslim Saints, 2006
  • Key Concepts in the Practice of Sufism Vol. 3, 2009
  • Key Concepts in the Practice of Sufism Vol. 4, 2010
  • Speech and Power of Expression, 2010

Languages

  • Turkish (Mother Tongue)
  • Arabic (Advanced)
  • Persian (Advanced)
  • Ottoman Turkish (Advanced)