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Dr David Tittensor



Honorary Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Hum & Social Science


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2011
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Monash University, 2005
Bachelor of Arts, Monash University, 2005



David Tittensor is a Lecturer in Studies of Religion in the School of Huamanities and Social Sciences. He is the the author of The House of Service: The Gülen Movement and Islam's Third Way (Oxford University Press, 2014) and co-author (with Adam Possamai) of Religion and Change in Australia (forthcoming, Routlege, 2021). He has also co-edited (with Prof. Matthew Clarke) Islam and Development: Exploring the Invisible Aid Economy (Ashgate/Routledge, 2014/2016) and (with Fethi Mansouri) The Politics of Women and Migration in the Global South (Palgrave, 2017), and is a Series Editor for Muslims in Global Societies (Springer). His research interests are transnational Muslim movements, Turkish politics and society, and religion and development with a focus on Islam. 

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Research interests

Muslim movements, Turkish politics and society, religion and development, and the Middle East. 


Research Affiliate, Centre for Humanitarian Leadership


Tittensor, David (forthcoming, 2013) ‘Making Modern Muslims: The Gülen Movement and the Ideal of Altin Nesil’ Inaugural Australasian Conference on Islam,  November 25-26 Charles Sturt University, Sydney.

Tittensor, David (2012) ‘Gülen’s Schools and the Changing Nature of Islamic Mission: Exploring the Teacher-Student Dynamic’ MESA Annual Meeting, November 17-20,Denver, Colorado.

Tittensor, David & Michael, Michális (2012) ‘Turkey, Australia and the Middle East Quandary: Looking East, Looking West’ The Oceanic Conference on International Studies, July 18-20, University of Sydney.

Tittensor, David (2011) ‘The Changing Nature of Islamic Mission’. Paper presented at the Islam and Development Roundtable, December 13, Deakin University, Burwood Campus, Melbourne.

Tittensor, David (2011) ‘Towards the Fourth Sector: Gülen’s Schools Between Philanthropy and Capitalism.’ Paper presented at ACFID - Universities Linkage Network Conference: An Australian Approach to Development? People, Practice and Policy, December 12-13, Deakin University, Burwood Campus, Melbourne.

Tittensor, David & Anderson, Flora (2011) ‘European Identity and Turkey:
Reconstituting the Symbolic Order/Other. Paper presented at the Globalization, Illiberalism, the West and Islam: European and Australian Perspectives Conference, June 16-17 Prato, Italy.

Tittensor, David (2010). ‘An alternative pilgrimage: teachers doing hizmet abroad’.Paper presented at The Significance of Education for the Future: The Gülen Model, October 19-21  State Islamic Univerity of Indonesia

Tittensor, David (2009). ‘The Gülen Movement: Muslim Educational Activism in Turkey and Abroad’. Paper Presented at the PSI Postgraduate Symposium: Connecting Conversations, October 28 , Monash University, Melbourne.

Tittensor, David & Anderson, Flora (2009). ‘Turkey and the EU: Who’s the sick mannow?’ Paper presented at Young Researchers Conference: East and West together: Twenty Years After the Fall of Communism in Europe, September 23 , Monash University, Melbourne.

Tittensor, David (2009). ‘Essentially Evil? Takkiya and the New Muslim Dissemblers?’ Paper presented at the Islamophobia Conference,  July 18-19, Monash University, Melbourne.

Tittensor, David (2009). ‘Not Just Talking Heads: The Gülen Movement Translating Rhetoric into Action’ Paper presented at the From Dialogue to Collaboration: the Vision of Fethullah Gulen & Muslim-Christian Relations Conference, 15-16 July, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne.

Tittensor, David (2008). ‘Fethullah Gülen’s Schools of Love: A Muslim Model for the Future?’ Paper presented at the Second International Peace Conference, Philosophical Perspectives on Peace: Turkey, Germany & Europe,  October 23-26, Technische Universität Berlin.

Tittensor, David (2007). ‘US-Australia Alliance: asymmetry breeds symmetry’. Paper presented at the Australia in the Middle East & Central Asia: Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan Workshop,  November 21-22, Australian National University, Canberra.

Professional activities

Series Editor, Muslims in Global Societies (Springer)

Steering Committee, International Development and Religion Unit, American Academy of Religion 


2008 Endeavour Award for Turkey ($50,000)


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Religion and Change in Australia

Adam Possamai, David Tittensor

(2022), London, Eng., A1


Epistemic Violence and the Rise of the Pseudo-Secular Islamic FBO in the Age of the 'Religious Turn' in Development*

D Tittensor, M Clarke

(2022), Vol. 112, pp. 167-187, Muslim World, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Becoming secular, yet remaining religious: the Gülen movement and the 'engineering' of the golden generation

D Tittensor

(2020), Vol. 51, pp. 74-89, Religion, C1-1

journal article

Hyper-Securitisation and Belonging: Understanding the Plight of Young Muslims in Melbourne, Australia

David Tittensor, Gerhard Hoffstaedter, Adam Possamai

(2020), Vol. 40, pp. 480-496, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Secrecy and hierarchy within the Gülen movement and the question of academic responsibility

D Tittensor

(2018), pp. 217-236, Turkey's July 15th coup: what happened and why, Salt Lake City, Utah, B1

book chapter

Understanding Islamic aid flows to enhance global humanitarian assistance

D Tittensor, M Clarke, T Gümüş

(2018), Vol. 12, pp. 193-210, Contemporary Islam, C1

journal article

The Gülen movement and surviving in exile: the case of Australia

D Tittensor

(2018), Vol. 19, pp. 123-138, Politics, religion and ideology, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The feminisation of migration? A critical overview

D Tittensor, F Mansouri

(2017), pp. 11-25, The Politics of Women and Migration in the Global South, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

The politics of women and migration in the global South

D Tittensor, F Mansouri

(2017), London, Eng., A7

edited book

Doing political ethnography in a difficult climate: A Turkish case study

D Tittensor

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 213-228, Ethnography, C1-1

journal article

Islam's Modern Day Ibn Battutas: Gülen teachers journeying towards the divine

D Tittensor

(2015), Vol. 42, pp. 163-178, British journal of Middle Eastern studies, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The house of service: the Gulen movement and Islam's third way

D Tittensor

(2014), New York, NY, A1


The house of service : the Gülen movement and Islam's third way

David Tittensor

(2014), Oxford, Eng., A1-1


Introduction: The invisible aid sector

D Tittensor, M Clarke

(2014), pp. 1-11, Islam and development: Exploring the invisible aid economy, Farnham, Eng., B1

book chapter

The changing nature of Islamic mission: The cases of Tablighi Jama'at and the Gülen movement

D Tittensor

(2014), pp. 33-50, Islam and development: Exploring the invisible aid economy, Farnham, Eng., B1

book chapter

Conclusion: Invisible aid: Islam, Muslim NGOs and development

M Clarke, G Hoffstaedter, D Tittensor

(2014), pp. 197-205, Islam and development : exploring the invisible aid economy, Farnham, Eng., B1

book chapter

Religion and development: prospects and pitfalls of faith-based organizations

G Hoffstaedter, D Tittensor

(2013), pp. 402-412, Handbook of research on development and religion, Cheltenham, England, B1-1

book chapter

The Gülen movement and the case of a secret agenda: putting the debate in perspective

D Tittensor

(2012), Vol. 23, pp. 163-179, Islam and Christian - Muslim Relations, Oxford, UK, C1-1

journal article

Australia's burqa fallacy

D Tittensor

(2011), Vol. 21, Eureka Street, Richmond, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Fethullah Gülen's schools of love: a Muslim model for the future?

D Tittensor

(2010), pp. 220-232, Concerning peace: new perspectives on utopia, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, B1-1

book chapter

Social capital and public policy - the current challenge facing the Victorian Government

D Tittensor

(2007), Vol. 66, pp. 512-518, Australian journal of public administration, Melbourne, Vic, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Round Table - Democratic Transition in Tunisia and the Role of Civil Society

Prof Fethi Mansouri, Dr David Tittensor

DFAT Council for Australian-Arab Relations - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  • 2015: $30,800

Democracy and Local Governance in Tunisia: Australian and Indonesian Perspectives

Prof Fethi Mansouri, Prof Greg Barton, Dr David Tittensor

DFAT Council for Australian-Arab Relations - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

  • 2016: $50,000

Revitalising Multiculturalism via Deliberative Interventions

Prof Fethi Mansouri, Dr David Tittensor

Social Cohesion Research Grants

  • 2017: $21,000
  • 2016: $49,000


Principal Supervisor

Tezcan Gumus

Thesis entitled: Turkey's failure to consolidate democracy and the role of political leaders

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Associate Supervisor

Raden Yasin

Thesis entitled: The attitude of PKS on the implementation of Sharia in democratic Indonesia.

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences