Bediüzzaman Said Nursi and The Risale-i Nur


Said Nursi (1876-1960), the most in­uential Islamic scholar in modern Turkish history, is
the inspiration behind the hugely popular Nur community. Guided by his masterwork, the
Risale-i Nur, Nursi’s followers shun political ambition, focusing instead on a revival of
personal faith through study, self-reform and service of others. Nursi lived through the
upheavals that led to the establishment of a vigorously secular Turkish republic in place of
the dismembered Ottoman caliphate. Nursi was educated through the medrese system in
the traditional Islamic disciplines but also mastered modern Western philosophical and
scienti‑c ideas in order to address the challenges Muslims face now. In some ways the
Risale-i Nur functions as an interpretation of the Qur`an for the contemporary world;
millions within and outside Turkey have found solace in that interpretation. Continue reading

This entry was posted on February 21, 2013.