Turkey Post-Coup Purges Convulse Society
This is a falling out amongst former allies, Erdogan’s religious conservatives, and the Gulenists who blend secular tenets with semi-conservative Muslim faith. The faith based Gulenist movement has been characterized as a cultish sect by some, but Gulenists tend to drive interfaith dialogue, and they stress math and science in their schools.
They are just visible on the white stone entrance: the outlines of letters that once spelled out “Fatih University”, removed after the attempted coup.
Students wait outside the closed gates to find out where they have been reassigned, their alma mater now designated a “terrorist institution”.
Fatih is one of 15 universities closed down since 15 July for having links to Fethullah Gulen, the cleric who the government alleges masterminded the coup and who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania.
His educational movement opened schools and universities across Turkey and in 140 other countries from the 1980s.
Now anybody with alleged links to him or the failed takeover is being rounded up in the biggest purge in Turkey’s modern history.