Millî Görüş (English: National Outlook or National Vision) is a religio-political movement and a series of Islamist parties inspired by Necmettin Erbakan. It has been called one of "the leading Turkish diaspora organizations in Europe" and also described as the largest Islamic organization operating in the West. Founded in 1969, the movement claimed to have "87,000 members across Europe, including 50,000 in Germany," as of 2005.
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The annual Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is coming up at the end of this month in Warsaw, and NGOs in the OSCE region are gearing up to do ideological battle in the side events. One of them is COJEP [www.cojep.fr], Conseil de la Jeunesse Pluriculturelle, a multicultural “youth” organization that is an outgrowth of Millî Görüş, a Turkish radical Islamic group that has a pan-European reach. HDIM meetings are included in COJEP’s remit, and it is planning a side event in Warsaw.
The ideology and political agenda of the ICMG are rooted in the ideas of Necmettin Erbakan (1926-2011), a leading Turkish Islamist intellectual who was also one of the most influential Turkish politicians in the second half of the 20th century. Erbakan’s political vision was radically anti-secular and anti-Western, and throughout his career, he called for the overthrow of Turkey’s secular Kemalist regime.
Erbakan’s manifesto, “Milli Görüs” or “National View,” was published in 1969. “National View” was a euphemism for political Islam; the Kemalist nature of the state made the use of an overtly religious name impossible. As with many other Islamist revivalist tracts, the manifesto called for a radical rejection of secular “Western” values and opposition to all kinds of “infidel” economic and political ideas. The manifesto was notable for its deep intolerance toward all Muslims who did not share this vision of Islamist revival and reform. Moreover, the agenda of the manifesto was the overthrow of the Kemalist secular system in Turkey and its replacement with what Erbakan described as a “just order” based on Islam.
Milli Gorus has influence either direct or indirect in some 2,500 local immigrant groups, associations and foundations in Europe and in about 500 mosques. The organization has smaller branches in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland. In all, 214 mosques in the Benelux countries, France, Scandinavia, Austria and Switzerland are claimed by the association as their own.
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