Immigration and Integration: Examining Fethullah Gulen’s Philosophy of Integration





Forced  migration  is  a  huge  asset,  but  also  a  challenge  within  Europe.  The  key  to  overcoming  it  is  love,  tolerance,  dialogue,  humility,  self-devotion,  as  well  as  creating  common  and  safe  spaces  for  meeting  and  working  together  in  socially  beneficial  tasks.  In  order  to  prevent  and  solve  problems  arising from taking in refugees of different faiths and cultures, believers of all religions need to accept these tasks as a top priority. Although the role of religion in lives of immigrants has been a subject of interest by scholars, not much focus had been put on the importance of social activism of faith-based community organisations in favour of immigrants. This paper focuses on social networks as playing an important role in the integration process, and examines Turkish Islamic Scholar Fethullah Gulen’s view of integration within current EU policy regarding Muslim immigrants.

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