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Turkish Scandal Shines Light On 'Shadowy' Muslim Leader
by Peter Kenyon
A corruption scandal in Turkey is focusing attention on a feud between the country's ruling party and its former ally the Gulen Movement. Fetullah Gulen is a moderate Islamic cleric living in the U.S., whose followers run private schools and think tanks around the world. The fight among Turkey's religious elite is sparking new interest in the man said to be behind an unofficial but very powerful Muslim network.
DAVID GREENE, HOST: Odd as it may sound, a power struggle in Turkey has a lot to do with a man who's living in the mountains of Pennsylvania, the Poconos. He's a cleric named Fetullah Gulen, who left Turkey long ago, and has followers around the world, including, notably, in his home country. Gulen supporters are believed to include prosecutors and police leading a corruption probe into Turkey's government and angering the prime minister. Though he's denied any designs on power, Gulen is a constant subject of speculation and intrigue back in Turkey, where NPR's Peter Kenyon reports.
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