'Islam IncI wonder which side of the argument the BBC's Edward Stourton comes down on? Something tells me it won't be that of the 'movement's critics (who) claim it's determined to create a new Muslim empire'. Am I wrong?
From Africa to Kazakhstan, a new Islamic network is attracting millions of followers - and millions of dollars. Inspired by a little-known Turkish Imam, the Gulen movement has more than a thousand schools in more than a hundred countries as well as thinktanks, newspapers, TV and radio stations, a university - and even a bank. The movement's critics claim it's determined to create a new Muslim empire. It's supporters say it's just the expression of a modern, business-friendly Islam committed to human rights and democracy. Edward Stourton travels to Turkey to find out about the man who inspired what has become a global phenomenon - Fetullah Gulen. There he meets supporters and critics of the movement. He also talks to some of its most committed ambassadors - who are running its schools in Central Asia. '
Thursday, 26 May 2011
The onward march of Islam?
From BBC Radio 4