Does the Gülen Movement favor any political party or “wing” of politics?

Fethullah Gülen

There is no political wing, party or umbrella organization of the Gülen Movement. It does not have cliques or a radical-flank effect[1]. It has not become divided into radical and moderate factions. There has never been an extreme, radical or political group that defines the parameters of the Gülen Movement.

The Gülen Movement represents its understanding through formal institutions. As these institutions are mostly educational, they do not take sides with political parties. Thus, the Gülen Movement cannot be said to be based on, influenced by, affiliated with, or supporting the interests or policies of any single political party.

[1] The ‘radical flank effect’ is when political bodies set up or support moderate competitors to more radical groups. The political bodies do this to reduce support for the radicals and prevent reduction in the numbers and effectiveness of their own supporters.

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