Hizmet in Africa: The Activities and Significance of the GÃ¼len Movement is the only book-length work that analyzes the multifaceted activities in Africa of the followers of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah GÃ¼len, who has lived in exile in rural Pennsylvania since 1999. In 2008, Foreign Policy magazine named GÃ¼len as the worldâ€™s top public intellectual. GÃ¼len and the followers of his philosophy refer to the Movement as Hizmet or â€œvolunteers serviceâ€ while others tend to call it the GÃ¼len Movement. The book includes Hizmet in both North Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa.
There are more than 100 GÃ¼len-inspired primary, middle and secondary schools in Africa and the number is growing. Some African cities have a GÃ¼len-affiliated dialogue or interfaith center and organization of businessmen who follow GÃ¼lenâ€™s principles. There is a global charitable organizationâ€”Kimse Yok Muâ€”that has extensive operations in Africa. The GÃ¼len-affiliated media empire based in Turkey and New Jersey now reaches out to Africa. GÃ¼len-inspired projects include a university in Nigeria, the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere in South Africa, a hospital in Somalia, and student dormitories in Morocco.
This Movement did not exist in Africa twenty years ago. Relatively few Africans and outsiders are aware of its activities in Africa. The schools, for example, are often known as Turkish schools. Few people understand they are linked to Hizmet or the GÃ¼len Movement. The book documents Hizmet activity based on visits in 2012 and 2013 to South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco, and Turkey and meetings with a wide range of Hizmet representatives working in other countries in Africa. It also draws on journalistic reports of Hizmet activity and that which has been published in academic books, journals, and papers. The book analyzes the significance of the Movement for both Turkey and Africa and explores the link between the Movement and Turkish business persons, who provide most of the funding.
2. Fethullah GÃ¼len, the GÃ¼len Movement, and Hizmet.
3. TUSKON, Business, and Banking.
4. GÃ¼len-affiliated Schools and Related Programs.
5. Hizmet Dialogue Centers.
6. Hizmet Humanitarian Activities.
7. GÃ¼len-affiliated Media and Outreach Programs.
8. Hizmet, the AKP, and Turkey-Africa Relations.
Appendix: GÃ¼len-affiliated Schools in Africa