Ozcan Keles Musings of a British Muslim academic activist

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The UK Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee is examining the bilateral relationship between the UK and Turkey, focusing on rights and freedoms as well as how Turkish foreign and security policies relate to those of the UK. The inquiry is ongoing. The Committee inquiry will cover topics such as the current state of UK-Turkey relations, and the […]

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Geçtiğimiz cumartesi (Ekim 21, 2016), yirmi terörle mücadele polisi Aksaray’da babama ait beş daireli bir apartmana, medya ekibi eşliğinde, baskın düzenledi. Birkaç saat içinde televizyon kanalları dahil otuza yakın medya kuruluşu baskın haberini girdi. Haberi ilk olarak Doğan (DHA) ve İhlas haber ajansları servis etti. DHA ve Hürriyet, haberi ‘’Fetullah Gülen’in sağ kolunun Aksaray’daki villasına […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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13 minute interview on Islam Channel about Turkey’s attempted coup and the government’s allegations that the Gulen movement was behind it.

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Victoria Derbyshire on post-coup Turkey and implications for UK communities on BB Two. Broadcasted on July 26, 2016.

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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 […]

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BBC London Radio covers threats against Mevlana Rumi Mosque in UK.

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First sermon at Hizmet-inspired Mevlana Rumi Mosque in London following Turkey’s attempted coup.

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Turkish Muslim scholar, opinion leader and peace activist, Fethullah Gülen, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Leeds Metropolitan University for his contribution to education, peace making and intercultural dialogue on 15th July 2010 at the University’s Summer Graduation celebrations.

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