Two prestigious Western magazines — Foreign Policy in the United States and Prospect in Britain — asked their readers to choose which among the world’s 100 public intellectuals deserved the top honours.
Over 500,000 people cast their votes via the internet. The results published this July were surprising. The first ten names on the list were Muslims, from countries as diverse as Turkey, Bangladesh, Egypt, Pakistan, Iran and Uganda.
|Turkish Sufi Scholar Fethullah Gulen|
Gülen is an unusual Sufi in that his global movement of some five million volunteers and sympathizers is at home with technology, markets and multinational business. His message is that there is no contradiction between science and religion, between the modern world and traditional values, such as faith in God.
Patrick Seale is a leading British writer on the Middle East, and the author of “The Struggle for Syria”; also, “Asad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East”; and “Abu Nidal: A Gun for Hire.” Copyright © 2008 Patrick Seale