Report Launch ‘The Turbulence between AKP and Hizmet: The African Case’

The process of silencing the opposition gained a very different pretext after the curious incident of the coup attempt on 15 July 2016. Erdoğan’s efforts against the movement both in Turkey and abroad proliferated with this new development.

The Centre for Hizmet Studies is delighted to launch ‘The Turbulence between AKP and Hizmet: The African Case’ by Dr. Erkan Toguslu. The report is available online, and the PDF version of the report can be downloaded by clicking here.

About the Report

This report discusses the history of the Hizmet movement and its establishment of schools around the world, specifically in Africa. Then it explores Erdoğan’s efforts to take over these schools, especially in weak African countries, by incentives or diplomatic pressure and to transfer their assets to the Maarif Foundation. The paper explains the nature of the Maarif Foundation, its aims, and relationship with the Turkish government, and also highlights some possible outcomes from this strange ‘deprivatisation’ move by the Turkish government.

About the Author

Erkan Toguslu is the academic director of Gülen Chair for Intercultural Studies at KU Leuven University. He received his MA and Ph.D. in sociology from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. His research focuses on transnational Muslim networks in Europe, the emergence of Islamic intellectuals, interfaith dialogue, the debate on public-private Islam, immigration and religion. He is the editor of Everyday Life Practices of Muslims in Europe, Leuven University Press, Europe’s New Multicultural Identities, Leuven University Press, Forthcoming (coedited with J. Leman and I. M. Sezgin); Société Civil, Démocratie et Islam: Perspectives du Mouvement Gülen. Paris: L’Harmattan; and Modern Islamic Thinking and Islamic Activism ( co-edited with J. Leman), Leuven University Press.

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