Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Gulen and Kurdish Hizbullah

I won't pretend to understand all the ramifications of this piece on new developments in the Gulen Movement's relations with the government and Kurdish Hizbullah, and those interested should just click through and read it. Here's one point:
"KH's concerns over the Gulen movement are not a new phenomenon. Since the launch of its new strategy in 2005 to reach out to the Kurdish region, KH has considered the Gulen movement to be a threat to its existence. As the dominant Kurdish Islamist organization, the KH wants to maintain its position. However, the Gulen movement, which is a predominantly Turkish organization, has extended its influence into the Kurdish region by opening new reading rooms, private schools and business organizations. It has consequently become a serious actor in shaping Kurdish political identity within the region, which is precisely what the KH wants to prevent. In its recent press release, the KH leadership expressed its dissatisfaction over the Gulen movements' recent activities in the Kurdish region (, April 22)."

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