This book grew out of author’s deep interest in Muslim social movements, their interaction with modern society, and their response and contributions to global transformation. Its aim is to explore a part of the work of a peaceful, faith-inspired, transnational social movement known as the Hizmet Movement (also referred to in academia as the Gulen Movement), which represents a rising trend of philanthropic social activism around the world and increasingly now in the Muslim world.
This particular movement is inspired by a Turkish Islamic scholar, Fethullah Gulen, and became active in Turkey and subsequently around the world from the 1970s onward. Her own interest in the movement was piqued between 2007 and 2010, a period in which some of its organizations started to publicize themselves actively in Egypt through joint projects between El-Nil Center of Language and Hira’ Magazine on one side and the Center for Civilizational Studies and Dialogue Among Cultures in Cairo University on the other. In October 2009 she participated in a major conference titled “The Future of Reform in the Muslim World: Experiences in Comparison with the Gulen Movement,”