The Research and the Researcher

  • Salih Cıngıllıoğlu
Part of the Middle East Today book series (MIET)


This book is based on a qualitative research which employed the grounded theory approach. This chapter delineates in detail the outline of the research and introduces the author as a qualitative researcher. Having obtained the approval by Institutional Review Board of Boğaziçi University, the researcher collected data through face-to-face interviews with participants of the Gülen Movement, including 21 businessmen and 5 preachers. A pilot study was conducted to ensure the refinement of the interview protocol. Through respondent validation, observations, and relevant literature review, the validity of the data was ensured. The data were analyzed via constant comparative method with regard to constructing a grounded theory. The chapter concludes with the challenges in conducting the research discussing the issues of insider/outsider and reflexivity.


Research Participant Social Movement Adult Education Interview Protocol Ground Theory Approach 
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  • Salih Cıngıllıoğlu
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  1. 1.SarajevoBosnia and Herzegovina

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