Fethullah Gulen

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Birthday
27, 1941
Birthplace
Erzurum, Turkey
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
27, 1941 (age 77)
Birthplace
Erzurum, Turkey

About

Co-founder of the Gulen movement, popular particularly in Turkey, which stressed education and a moderate form of Islam. He has founded numerous institutions that promote interfaith and intercultural dialogue.

Before Fame

With little formal education, he began preaching in Turkey in the 1970s, and moved into politics in the 80s, getting in trouble with the Turkish government over some remarks.

Trivia

Moving to the U.S., possibly to escape persecution, he authored dozens of books and articles, and spoke out in favor of Turkey's membership in the EU, expanded women's roles, and meshed democracy and Islam.

Family Life

He was born in Erzurum, Turkey.

Associated With

He and American Marine Eric Greitens were voted two of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People.