The English used in this article may not be easy for everybody to understand. (April 2012)
|Sufism, Mainstream Islamic thought, education, interfaith dialogue among the People of the Book|
|Service (hizmet); interfaith dialogue; civil society|
Gülen teaches a moderate version of Sunni / Hanafi Islam, deriving from that of Said Nursi's teachings and modernizing them. Gülen condemns terrorism, supports communication between people of different religions, and has initiated such dialogue with the Vatican and some Jewish organisations. Until 2013 he was an ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who later blamed him for the 2016 Turkish coup d'état attempt.