Τετάρτη, 22 Μαΐου 2013

The Looming Power Struggle Between Erdogan and Gulenists


Children play at the garden of Fatih College in Istanbul, April 16, 2008. The 640-pupil school is run by followers of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Muslim preacher who advocates moderate Islam rooted in modern life, and whose teachings have inspired millions of Turks to forge a powerful socioreligious community active in publishing, charity and above all education. (photo by REUTERS/Osman Orsal)

When Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, traveled to Washington for crucial talks with US President Barack Obama on May 16, many wondered whether he would succeed in persuading the US leader to take a tougher line on Syria. Yet, there was another big question hanging in the air. Would Erdogan make time to meet with Fethullah Gulen, Turkey’s most influential Sunni cleric, who lives in self-imposed exile in rural Pennsylvania?


Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/05/erdogan-gulen-struggle.html#ixzz2U2cJiE7w

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