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M. Fethullah Gulen is an Islamic scholar and thinker, a prolific writer and poet. He is trained in theology by several Muslim scholars and also studied the principles and theories of social and physical sciences.

Mr. Gulen is known as an ideologue of dialogue (especially interfaith dialogue) among different communities, cultures and nations, tolerance, and appreciation of diversity versus clash of civilizations. Mr. Gulen's influence through his ideas extends over much of Central Asia, Caucasus and recently over Europe and United States. He has written over 30 books and many articles published in different journals and magazines written on different themes from social to religious issues, and from art and science to music, sports and politics. He is fluent in Arabic and Persian. He has never been married.

There are some strongly secular groups in Turkey who are critical about Mr. Gulen's final aim, and there are also radical religious groups who are critical about his methods and activities such as his effort on dialogue with Christians and Jews.