Case Study of a Gulen-Inspired School in the United States
The purpose of this case study is to describe the characteristics of a Gulen-inspired School (GIS) in the United States. The study identifies the characteristics of a U.S. based GIS in terms of the school’s curriculum, history, success, hiring practices, admissions process, and networking. In order to understand its unique meaning and significance, interviews and observations were conducted in one GIS located in the northeast region of the United States.
Gulen-inspired schools are those founded around the world by the volunteers of the Gulen (or Hizmet) Movement. Gulen-inspired schools provide all levels of education (K-12 and college levels) in different educational systems. Such schools follow Muslim scholar Fethullah Gulen’s educational philosophy.