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dc.contributor.authorTee, Caroline*
dc.contributor.authorShankland, David*
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-11T15:58:13Z
dc.date.available2019-03-11T15:58:13Z
dc.date.issued2014-04-30
dc.identifier.citationTee, C. & Shankland, D. (2014). Said Nursi’s Notion of ‘Sacred Science’: Its Function and Application in Hizmet High School Education. Sociology of Islam, 1(3-4), 209-232.en_US
dc.identifier.issn2213-140X
dc.identifier.doi10.1163/22131418-00104006
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/621971
dc.description.abstractThis paper explores the teaching of natural science subjects in high schools associated with the Gülen-Hizmet movement in Turkey. It focuses on the apparent reconciliation of scientific learning in a pervasive, albeit unofficial, Sunni Islamic religious culture. The framework for such an accommodation is found in the teachings of Fethullah Gülen and his predecessor, Said Nursi. Following Nursi, Gülen encourages scientific pursuit, and intellectual knowledge in general, as a pious and spiritually meritorious act. Drawing on fieldwork conducted at two Hizmet-affiliated high schools in Turkey, this article explores the “sanctification” of science and learning in the Gülen Movement by highlighting the principle of fedakarlık (self-sacrifice), as the primary motivation of the teaching staff. Focusing also on the schools’ highly disciplined and competitive learning environments (as exemplified in preparations for the prestigious International Science Olympiads), the article suggests that although teacher commitment and prestigious competitive awards bolster the Hizmet schools’ market competitiveness, they fail in actually producing students who pursue careers in natural science fields. By contrast, this article concludes that the movement’s engagement with science, at least at present, is less interested in furthering scientific inquiry than it is in equipping what Gülen has called a ‘Golden Generation’ with the tools it needs to compete with secularist rivals in Turkey.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherBrillen_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://brill.com/abstract/journals/soi/1/3-4/article-p209_6.xmlen_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en_US
dc.subjectTurkeyen_US
dc.subjectHizmet Movementen_US
dc.subjectscienceen_US
dc.subjectIslamen_US
dc.subjectEducationen_US
dc.titleSaid Nursi’s Notion of ‘Sacred Science’: Its Function and Application in Hizmet High School Educationen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.eissn2213-1418
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren_US
dc.identifier.journalSociology of Islamen_US
or.grant.openaccessYesen_US
rioxxterms.funderJohn Templeton Foundationen_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectRKT16/01en_US
rioxxterms.versionAMen_US
rioxxterms.versionofrecordhttps://doi.org/10.1163/22131418-00104006
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2016-04-30
rioxxterms.publicationdate2014-04-30
dc.dateAccepted2013-10-01
dc.date.deposited2019-03-11


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