William Martin is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at Rice University. He currently works at the Baker Institute at Rice University. He taught courses on Religion, Public Policy and Drug Policy. He received numerous teaching awards, including a Lifetime Award for Excellence in Teaching. He received his Ph.D. at Harvard Div. School in Religion and Society. He authored A Prophet with Honor: The Billy Graham Story.

“The Hizmet movement represents a healthy alternative to many forms/many expressions of Islam that we see around the world which people are acting on the basis of what they believe to be the authentic Islam.”

“I think that the Hizmet movement represents a very positive view of Islam. Because Islam historically produced some of the great science in the world. And instead of saying “we know all about science and let’s stop studying it, Hizmet movement emphasized scientific education. That’s very positive.”

“Mr. Gulen and the Hizmet Movement recognize the pluralism as inevitable in the world and said let us learn to live with that rather than we can stuff it all in a box.”

“It is more important to work for changes that can make charity less necessary. You educate people so that they do not need charity. It is good to work in soup kitchens but it is better to work for situations so people do not need soup kitchens. I think opening schools is one of the most positive things that Hizmet movements does that I am aware of.”