Gov’t steps up campaign against Hizmet via terrorism accusations

Today's Zaman - The government has intensified its campaign against the Hizmet movement, a civil society initiative inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen's teachings promoting interfaith dialogue, peace and tolerance, by putting Gülen on a list of wanted terrorists despite the move lacking any legal basis.

Mark Webb, a sociologist and the chairman of the philosophy department at Texas Tech University, recently described the branding of Gülen as a terrorist as a "very alarming development." Speaking at the opening ceremony of the National Association of Graduate Studies and Research in Social Sciences (ANPOCS) in Brazil, Webb told the Cihan news agency, "I've known the movement since 2004 ... and I've never seen any reason to think that they have any kind of desire to take power or desire to change anything."

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