Dr Ismail Mesut Sezgin

Executive Director, Centre for Hizmet Studies

Biography

Dr Ismail Mesut Sezgin, born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey was awarded his PhD at Leeds Beckett University on the subject of Moral Responsibility in Contemporary Islam. His is now a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility at Leeds Business School. Dr Sezgin's research expertise and interests in relation to political Islam, extremism, ethics and religious movements (the Hizmet Movement in particular) have led to him speaking at conferences internationally and offering comment and interviews on various media platforms, including the BBC's Hardtalk.

Dr Sezgin is also Co-Founder of the Centre for Hizmet Studies, a London-based non-profit organisation providing information, research analysis and critique on the Hizmet Movement, a civil society grass roots movement originating out of Turkey and active in over 160 countries worldwide.

Activities

Turkey’s Curious Coup in 6 Questions

Multimedia
You can also check Hizmet Studies’ press release, Turkey’s Curious Coup: What Turkey’s Western Allies Make of the Evidence against Gülen.

A Genocide in the Making?

Multimedia
A Genocide in the Making?

Turkey after the purge: Freedom of expression and justice thwarted

Commentary
In the wake of the thwarted coup of 15 July, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a state of emergency, bypassing parliament and enabling rule...   Read More

Report Launch in Leicester: A Hizmet Approach to Rooting out Violent Extremism

Event
Centre for Hizmet Studies is pleased to launch its latest report, ‘a Hizmet Approach to Rooting out Violent Extremism’, which set out an alternative...   Read More

Report Launch: A Hizmet Approach to Rooting out Violent Extremism

Event
Centre for Hizmet Studies is pleased to launch its latest report, ‘a Hizmet Approach to Rooting out Violent Extremism’, which set out an alternative...   Read More

A Hizmet Approach to Rooting out Violent Extremism

Publications
This is the second publication in the ‘thought and practice’ series, the first being ‘Gulen on Dialogue’. The series aims both to contribute to...   Read More

Erdogan’s war against Hizmet: Step by step

Commentary
Turkish prosecutors carried out a number of arrests and raids on the morning of 17th December 2013 as part of a series of on-going...   Read More

Gulen Movement and Transparency

Commentary
The transparency of the Hizmet or Gülen Movement has long been a theme of various critics – writers, intellectuals and politicians. In the context...   Read More

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