Fethullah Gülen

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Muhammed Fethullah Gülen (born 27 April 1941) is a Turkish Islamic scholar, preacher, and a one-time opinion leader (as de facto leader of the Gülen movement: an international, faith-based civil society organization once aligned with Turkey's government, but since then outlawed as an alleged "armed terrorist group"). Gülen is designated an influential Ottomanist, Anatolian panethnicist, Islamic poet, writer, social critic, and activist–dissident developing a Nursian theological perspective that embraces democratic modernity, as a citizen of Turkey (until his denaturalization by the government in 2017) he was a local state imam from 1959 to 1981. Over the years, Gülen became a centrist political figure in Turkey prior his there being as a fugitive. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fethullah Gülen has received more than 2,235,000 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Fethullah Gülen is the 283rd most popular religious figure (up from 315th in 2019), the 113th most popular biography from Turkey (up from 133rd in 2019) and the 15th most popular Turkish Religious Figure.

Fethullah Gülen is most famous for being a Turkish Muslim scholar and preacher who is the founder of the Gülen movement.

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Among religious figures, Fethullah Gülen ranks 283 out of 2,272. Before him are Pope Adrian II, Abu Talib ibn Abd al-Muttalib, Pope Honorius IV, Marcion of Sinope, Pope Anacletus, and Demetrius of Thessaloniki. After him are Pope Innocent IV, Pope Boniface I, Pope Benedict II, Ephrem the Syrian, Moses in Islam, and Rebecca.

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Among people born in 1941, Fethullah Gülen ranks 13Before him are Plácido Domingo, Bernardo Bertolucci, Sergio Mattarella, Bernie Sanders, Cesária Évora, and Richard Dawkins. After him are Dick Cheney, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Bruno Ganz, Martha Argerich, Lee Myung-bak, and Nick Nolte.

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Among people born in Turkey, Fethullah Gülen ranks 113 out of 1,128. Before him are Saint Timothy (17), Şehzade Mehmed (1522), Leo I the Thracian (401), Artemisia I of Caria (-500), Chrysippus (-281), and Marcion of Sinope (85). After him are Enver Pasha (1881), Apelles (-370), Ephrem the Syrian (306), Zeno (425), Bartholomew I of Constantinople (1940), and John I Tzimiskes (925).


Among religious figures born in Turkey, Fethullah Gülen ranks 15Before him are Saint Pantaleon (275), Irenaeus (130), Photios I of Constantinople (900), Sabbatai Zevi (1626), Saint Timothy (17), and Marcion of Sinope (85). After him are Ephrem the Syrian (306), Bartholomew I of Constantinople (1940), Ignatius of Antioch (35), Ulfilas (311), Gregory of Nyssa (335), and Simeon Stylites (389).