The Gulen movement in Germany

March 20, 2014


Opaque structures and ambiguous objectives are not conducive to the education of the young. This is why the Gulen movement must be monitored more closely, writes Ursula Ruessmann

In Germany, supporters of the Muslim Gulen movement run two dozen officially accredited private schools and close to 300 educational institutes offering private tuition, many of which are recognised as providers of integration courses and receive state funding.



Turkish primary school plans stir controversy in Freiburg

An association of Turkish academics plans to open a primary school in Freiburg, which ideally caters for all children, but bears a particular Turkish and Islamic outlook. The association would not be the first to open an educational institution for mainly Turkish children, but this time the project is influenced by a particular ideology, that of Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen. Critics warn of a school that enforces the isolation of Turkish children and impedes their learning German. Fethullah Gülen is accused, for example by Necla Kelek, of promoting an “Islamic chauvinism”. The city council is currently evaluating the plans and might grant permission to go ahead with the project already this coming school year.

New private Islamic school to open in France

A private highschool called “Éducative” will open soon at Villeneuve-Saint-Georges (Val-de-Marne). The tuition is estimated at 4500 Euros per year. The school belongs to a network set up by Fethullah Gülen, a Turkish thinker sometimes accused of promoting Islamicization.

There are two thousand similar schools already present around the world.