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Hizmet educational philosophy in the example of a Hizmet-inspired school; Hayskolen: Could Hizmet educational philosophy be an alternative solution to criminality and radicalism among immigrant-origin youths?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Turkey-origin families in Denmark have long been suffering for their children’s future due to the challenges of criminal gangs and violent religious extremist organizations. Hizmet (The Service) movement which is a non-governmental civic movement offers a solution to the afore-mentioned problems of youths through education.  Hizmet movement is a voluntary, transnational, faith-inspired civil movement which was founded in Turkey 50 years ago by a Muslim scholar and preacher Fethullah Gülen and now is globally active.


The purpose of this thesis is to understand Hizmet movement educational philosophy and its role in the success and popularity of Hay school (Hayskolen) which is situated in the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen and known as a Hizmet-inspired school.


After having made a literature review about Hizmet educational philosophy, I tried to understand if this philosophy plays an important role in the success and popularity of Hay school by the data collected through institutional documents and semi-structured interviews.


The conclusion is that Hay school, have many similar aspects with other Hizmet-inspired schools and Hizmet education philosophy plays an important role in the success and popularity of Hay school. That is; The Hizmet-educational philosophy which is an important factor to ensure Hay school as a safe haven for pupils against criminality and radicalism contributes a lot to the success and popularity of the school.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 36 p.
Keyword [en]
Hizmet educational philosophy, Hizmet movement, Hizmet-inspired schools, Hayskolen, Fethullah Gulen, Gulen-inspired schools, education against radicalism and criminality
National Category
Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-298171OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-298171DiVA: diva2:951144
Educational program
Master Programme in Religion in Peace and Conflict
Available from: 2016-08-08 Created: 2016-06-30 Last updated: 2016-08-08Bibliographically approved

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