I make no claim to being an expert on Turkish affairs (which right now seem to be more than usually confused). But this detailed look at Fethullah Gulen is worth a look: Its in the City Journal, home of the Naipaul-admiring highly sophisticated section of the ruling class. And it does show why the ruling class is the ruling class. I tried to imagine what a bullshit artist like Pankaj Mishra would do with the same topic and I despaired for my comrades on the metropolitan Left..
It does seem to me (just on general principles, without ever having met someone from the Gulen Jamaat or Jamia or whatever they want to call it) that Gulen himself MAY think he is doing God’s work or whatever, but its still basically a cult and a scam..and more like Scientology than like Mormonism. And likely to crash and burn, or rather, get tied up in court battles and internecine warfare as the founder goes the way of all flesh.
Unfortunately it may have less benign effects in Turkey and central Asia (and Pakistan), where followers will be cultivated by state department idiots, KGB agents, ISI geniuses and even the Relatives And Wives wing in various half-baked schemes of extending “influence”; will feed endless dumb conspiracy theories and will distract and confuse a significant proportion of the new middle class (a class that is relatively small, so not as safe as American society is from the ill-effects of such scams and cults).
Magar iss ka koee karey bhi kya, yeh to Maikadey ka nizam hai..
(But what can one do about this? it is, after all, the way of the world)
People who know more about the details of the Gulen organization, please pitch in.
Btw, its interesting that Jamat (cemaat), Jamia (camia) and Khidmet (Hizmet) are all easily recognizable words for us, though Turkish transliteration is a bit different than our Latin Urdu.