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Fethullah Gülen is a Turkish Muslim preacher and the leader of the Gülen Movement. He was born in eastern Turkey in 1941 and developed a strong following as a preacher in the late 1960s, encouraging Muslim openness to science and other modern academic fields while focusing on engaging students. He founded the Gülen Movement at the end of the 1970s to spread his progressive Islamic ideas, and the organization expanded over the following decades to run hundreds of schools worldwide. The movement’s religious basis has aroused suspicion from Turkey’s secular government. Followers were purged from the Turkish Army in 1986, and Gülen was acquitted in 2006 of plotting to overthrow the Turkish government. He has written over 60 books and has lived in the United States for medical care since 1998.