How Purposive Intention Modifies Actions: The Conception of Altruism in the Hizmet Movement in Australia

Sureyya Cicek

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In Western society the secular way of life has resulted in individuals to prioritize individualized and self-absorbed lifestyles which leads some to prioritize self-pleasure over community well-being and solidarity. This paper aims to explore the concept of altruism and the internal/external dynamics in the Hizmet Movement in Australia. The paper will exemplify the Australian Intercultural Society (AIS) and Affinity Intercultural Foundation (AIF) as a case study to show the altruism of the affiliates, that through vast activities of intercultural relations and projects have catalyzed the process of social policy dynamism for social well-being among the wider community. It examines the dynamics of the “Hizmet Movement” that aim to encourage pro-active and altruistic individuals to prioritize others' well-being over one's self in a secular context. Finally, the paper offers a conceptualization of altruism as understood in sociological theory and faith traditions which set the scope on Gülen and Hizmet Movements' understanding of altruism clearly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-538
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Muslim Minority Affairs
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020


  • accountability
  • altruism
  • dialogue
  • Gülen
  • Hizmet
  • social capital/ resilience
  • social policy
  • social responsibility

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