Islam at the Crossroads: On the Life and Thought of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

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Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi'
SUNY Press, Apr 9, 2003 - Religion - 367 pages
Distinguished scholars in Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Modern Turkish Studies examine the life and thought of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (1877-1960) using a variety of approaches--theological, philosophical, sociological, and historical--to shed new light on one of the most important thinkers and religious leaders in the modern Muslim world. Early in his life Nursi had hoped to save the Ottoman Empire from collapse, but after the empire gave way to the modern Turkish Republic, Nursi found himself in disagreement with the vision of a secular, Western-style state fostered by Turkey's new leadership and withdrew from public life. Deemed a potential threat to the young Republic, he was condemned to a life of exile and imprisonment. This isolation, however, allowed him to write the works that were to form the basis of a "faith movement" that would not only keep alive the Islamic religion in Turkey, but also in later decades would become one of the most important religious movements in contemporary Turkey and an inspiration to millions throughout the Muslim world.

Contributors include Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi>, Redha Ameur, Mehmet S. Aydin, Mucahit Bilici, Kelton Cobb, Dale F. Eickelman, Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad, Ayize Jamat-Everett, Metin Karabas ogűlu, Bilal Kus pinar, Oliver Leaman, S erif Mardin, Lucinda Allen Mosher, M. Sait Özervarl?, Taha 'Abdel Rahman, Fred A. Reed, Barbara Freyer Stowasser, S ükran Vahide, and M. Hakan Yavuz.

 

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Contents

Toward an Intellectual Biography of Said Nursi
1
In the Footsteps of Said Nursi
33
Reflections on Said Nursis Life and Thought
45
Quranic Commentary Public Space and Religious
51
How to Read Said Nursis RlsaleiNur
61
Said Nursis Interpretation of Jihad
93
Thoughts
115
Revelation the Disciplines of Reason and Truth
129
The Separation of Human Philosophy from the
199
The Problem of Theodicy in the RisaleiNur
215
The Apocalypse in the Teachings of Said Nursi
229
Islam the Environment and Said Nursi
255
An Analysis
263
Nur Study Circles Dershanes and the Formation
297
Said Nursis Project of Revitalizing
317
Preface to the alMathnawt alArahi alNur7
335

Mevlana Jalal alDin
151
Forgetting Gramsci and Remembering
167

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Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi' is Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Hartford Seminary. He is the author of Intellectual Origins of Islamic Resurgence in the Modern Arab World and the editor of The Mystical Teachings of al-Shadhili: Including His Life, Prayers, Letters, and Followers. A Translation from the Arabic of Ibn al-Sabbagh's Durrat al-Asrar wa Tuhfat al-Abrar, both published by SUNY Press.

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