On Saturday, October 21, 2016, twenty anti-terror police accompanied by a news crew raided a block of five flats in Aksaray, Turkey, that belongs to my father, Ömer Keleş. Within an hour, the story featured in no fewer than thirty media outlets, across Turkey. Doğan Media (DHA) and Ihlas News Agency supplied the story to […]
President Erdogan has shut down 800 Hizmet-inspired schools in Turkey. He asks that foreign governments do the same. So what are these Gülen/Hizmet schools all about? Here I give a brief introduction to these schools, highlight three characteristics about them and offer some critique. Having studied at one of these schools, I draw on my personal […]
Hurriyet Daily News ran a story titled “Followers discuss who will replace Gülen” based on anonymous “intelligence report prepared by analysts.” If you know the movement, you’ll know from the title of the story that it is fabricated. Any remaining doubts are quickly swept aside when you read the supposed successors. Either HDN’s source is […]
There was an attempted coup in Turkey on July 15, 2016. President Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development (AKP) party vigorously argue that it was masterminded and orchestrated by what they call, the “Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization” (FETO). This article evaluates the most commonly cited five pieces of evidence put forth by the Justice and Development (AKP) party, as listed and uncritically elaborated upon by a recent Al Jazeera report, to link Turkey’s failed coup with the Pennsylvania-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gülen and the Hizmet movement he inspires. Each piece of evidence is evaluated on a point-by-point basis posing pertinent questions and counter-perspectives that are desperately missing from the political and journalistic discussions in Turkey, and even beyond.
Different country and context no doubt, but I believe Chilcot has something important to say about Turkey’s recent obsession with Fethullah Gulen, the Islamic cleric recently blamed as being behind Turkey’s failed coup. I also believe that we are beyond the considerations of framing caused by inadvertently analogising between one set of actors and another.
13 minute interview on Islam Channel about Turkey’s attempted coup and the government’s allegations that the Gulen movement was behind it.
Victoria Derbyshire on post-coup Turkey and implications for UK communities on BB Two. Broadcasted on July 26, 2016.
Following Turkey’s failed coup on July 15, 2016, Hizmet sympathisers and organisations in the UK have been targeted and threatened by supporters of the Turkish government. On the day of the coup, Mevlana Rumi Mosque was targeted; within days, I, liked many others, received malicious text messages to my personal mobile phone. I was interviewed about these developments […]
BBC London Radio covers threats against Mevlana Rumi Mosque in UK.
First sermon at Hizmet-inspired Mevlana Rumi Mosque in London following Turkey’s attempted coup.