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Faruk Yaslıçimen

Faruk Yaslıçimen received his BA in History and International Relations from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2004. He continued his graduate education at Bilkent University, where he received his MA in History in 2008 with a dissertation titled as “Sunnism versus Shiism? Rise of the Shiite Politics and of the Ottoman Apprehension in Late Nineteenth Century Iraq”. In 2016, he received his PhD at Ludwig Maximillians University of Munich, where he defended his doctoral dissertation on “The Ottoman Empire and its Shiite Subjects: State-Society Relations in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries”. His areas of scholarly research and interest cover history of the Ottoman Empire, architecture, and cultural policies in Turkey.

When Ideology Overwhelms Reason: Messianic Aspects of Gülenism, An Interview with Professor Ahmet Yaşar Ocak

Men claiming to be the Messiah or the Mahdi – including Fethullah Gülen – are not a new phenomenon. Since the earliest decades of Islam, many have built a following around them, using charisma and exploiting societal and political upheaval to convince followers they are the promised saviors, and their community is destined to herald the final utopia before the current world ends.