Prospect/Foreign Policy release their list of the world's top public intellectuals
). Number 1? The Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen.
The rest of the top 10? The microfinancier Muhammad Yunus, the cleric Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, the writer Orhan Pamuk, the politician Aitzaz Ahsan, the evangelist Amr Khaled, the philosopher Abdolkarim Soroush, the philosopher Tariq Ramadan, the cultural theorist Mahmood Mamdani and activist Shirin Ebadi. Sense a theme? Yes, all Muslims.
This is a striking turnabout from the 2005 poll
topped by Chomsky, Eco and Dawkins.
What happened? Prospect Magazine explains
. The Turkish newspaper Zaman weighs in
. The UK's Independent is outraged
. Fethulah Gulen defends himself.
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