This paper discusses the contributions of Nurcu movement in strengthening Islam in contemporary Turkey. In consonance with the rise of Turkey as a strong country in political and economical sphere on global level, this country is said to be a symbol of Islamic renaissance of the Muslim world. The four consecutive victories of Erdoğan’s party in Turkey’s general election are seen as a solely factor for the Islamic renaissance of Turkey. But this article argues that there is yet another Islamic movement which worked on Islamic da’wah far before AKP grabbed the power. Nurcu is of this type. It has a large number of members ranging from businessmen, intellectuals, students, and housewives. The businessmen of Nurcu are known as “Anatolian Tigers” who have contributed to developing economy of Turkey since Turgut Özal opened up liberal economy and integrated its economy into greater lap of the world economy in the 1980s. This development of the Turkey economy goes hand in hand with the spirit of Islamic way of life within Turkish community. This article assumes that the movement has paved the way for AKP’s victories; and is currently for Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to receive the tittle of newly-found Islamic hero of the contemporary Islam in the Indonesian political Islamists’ view.
- “Kontribusi Gerakan Nurcu dalam Kebangkitan Islam di Turki”, ISLAMICA: Jurnal Studi Keislaman, Vol. 10, No. 1 (September 2015), 1-26.
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