So That Others May Live: A Fethullah G%C3%BClen Reader

Fethullah Geulen, Author, Erkan M Kurt, Editor
Edited by Erkan M. Kurt. Blue Dome Press (NBN, dist.), $18.95 (216p) ISBN 978-1-935295-29-7
Reviewed on: 09/23/2013
Release date: 10/01/2013
Paperback - 199 pages - 978-1-935295-20-4
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Kurt, adjunct professor of Islam at the University of Houston, assembles these forty essays of the Turkish philosopher Fethullah Gülen in this "reader" of Gülen's works. The essays, which are organized into six broad topic areas, are short in length and a good introduction to Gülen's philosophy, which has a worldwide following. Kurt says in his well-written preface that he hopes his book brings more English readers to Gülen's views, which align the spiritual, Sufi side of Islam with a distinct and eloquent humanism. Kurt has done an excellent job translating Gülen's allegories and symbolic language, which is the book's main achievement. However, the essays mostly pre-date the critical post-9/11 period, which makes the book rather irrelevant on anything but a spiritual level and almost cliché. Though Kurt's preface promises an elucidation of Gülen's philosophy, the essays, while loaded with quotable, inspirational phrases, have no intellectual heft. Anyone familiar with Sufism will not mind the refresher, and Gülen's followers will like the re-treading of familiar ground. (Oct.)
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