Lecture by Dogan Koc: Strategic Defamation of Fethullah Gulen
Mar 10, 2014, 2pm-4pm
Dogan Koc is the executive director of the Gulen Institute at the University of Houston. Before his work at the institute, Koc worked at Cairo University as a visiting scholar and taught at the Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He received his PhD in political science from the University of Texas at Dallas, and he also holds degrees in chemistry, education and sociology. In his studies, he focuses on conflict resolution, international relations and social movements. He conducted one of the first and most extensive quantitative research studies on Turkey's Kurdish conflict, in which he analyzes the strategies of military, government and civil society applied in the resolution of the conflict. He is also the author of the recent book Strategic Defamation of Fethullah Gülen: Turkish vs. English.
Fethullah Gülen is a moderate Turkish Muslim scholar who is known mostly for his education and dialogue activities. The Hizmet Movement, inspired by Gülen, has established hundreds of education and dialogue institutions throughout the world. Several books and hundreds of articles and news reports have been written about Gülen himself and the movement. In recent years, a defamation campaign has been launched against Gülen and the Hizmet Movement. Although these defamation articles may seem random, this book shows that the articles are written strategically in a campaign manner. In Strategic Defamation of Fethullah Gülen, close to 500 defamation articles, books and other forms of writing are analyzed according to their languages. Koc concludes that these defamations differ from each other and appear according to their respective audiences.
For more on Gülen, you can read this Foreign Affairs article by Victor Geaten.
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|Sponsor:||Intercultural Dialogue Institute, York U Chapter|