Education and the Creation of a “Golden Generation”

M. Hakan Yavuz

in Toward an Islamic Enlightenment

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199927999
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980543 | DOI:
Education and the Creation of a “Golden Generation”

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Education is the most important tool for the movement to realize its mission of molding young people and transforming the future. The chapter examines the three objectives of the Gülen educational networks: theological, socioeconomic (developmentalism), and political (independence). The movement seeks to cultivate a new generation of elites who are at home in both a religious and modern rationalist framework. The chapter examines the sites (summer camps, lighthouses, dormitories, reading rooms, and schools) and strategies (teblig versus temsil) of the movement's educational policies. The last part of the chapter examines both the positive contributions, as well as the criticism, of the educational mission and accomplishments of the movement.

Keywords: education; pedagogy; Muslim renaissance; golden generation; lighthouses; dormitories; multireligious education; oral tradition; Jadidism; Ismail Gasperinski; Moses Mendelssohn

Chapter.  10965 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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