The Participants of the Gülen Movement: First Encounters, Reasons, Significance, and Self-Positioning

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


This chapter first presents the story of each participant of this study about how they started to participate in the Gülen Movement and its sohbets (weekly gatherings for spiritual conversations). Then, the reasons why they started to take part in the Gülen Movement are presented under four main categories. Thirdly, the participants’ statements on the significance of the Gülen Movement in their lives are given. Finally, the chapter closes with the information regarding how the participants of this study position themselves in the Gülen Movement.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Salih Cıngıllıoğlu
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  1. 1.SarajevoBosnia and Herzegovina

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