With its recent growth in the last decade Gulen Movement has been drawing attention from the academic and the policy world. Such an important movement is naturally scrutinized for its intentions and activities and Fethullah Gulen and the Hizmet Movement had its share from this close attention. In addition to the bulk of positive evaluation of the movement there is also a growing critique as well.
Although constructive critique is always appreciated there are some remarks certainly made to taint the movement because of ideological hatred towards the different. Dogan Koc’s recent book titled “Strategic Defamation of the Fethullah Gulen” takes up this issue. Before moving forward the word “defamation needs to be defined. “it denotes the deliberately slanderous or libelous injury of another’s good reputation” The problem with this is that it prevents the honest critical dialogue between the movement and its counterparts. As this strongly emotional hate filled approach to the movement takes place, the genuine evaluation of the outcome of the movement’s activities is not given a chance. This is unfair to many people associate themselves with Fethullah Gulen.