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


By Ibrahim M. Abu Rabi



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.

Suny Press, 2003

Language: English

Country: USA

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0791457001 9780791457009 0791456994 9780791456996

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xxiv, 367 p. ; 23 cm.


Editor's introduction
A chronology of Said Nursi's life / Şükran Vahide
Toward an intellectual biography of Said Nursi / Şükran Vahide
In the footsteps of Said Nursi / Fred A. Reed
Reflections on Said Nursi's life and thought / Şerif Mardin
Quranic commentary, public space, and religious intellectuals in the writings of Said Nursi / Dale F. Eickelman
How to read Said Nursi's Risale-i Nur / Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi
Said Nursi's interpretation of Jihād / Şükran Vahide
Prison is a hell for the unbeliever: thoughts and reflections on two imprisoned Muslims / Ayize Jamat-Everett
Revelation, the disciplines of reason, and truth in the works of Said Nursi and Paul Tillich / Kelton Cobb
The concept of man: Mevlānā Jalāl al-Dīn and Said Nursi / Bilal Kuşpinar
Forgetting Gramsci and remembering Said Nursi: parallel theories of Gramsci and Said Nursi in the space of eurocentrism / Mucahit Bilici
The marrow of worship and the moral vision: Said Nursi and supplication / Lucinda Allen Mosher
The separation of human philosophy from the wisdom of the Qurān in Said Nursi's work / Taha Abdel Rahman
The problem of theodicy in the Risale-i Nur / Mehmet S. Aydin
The apocalypse in the teachings of Said Nursi / Barbara Freyer Stowasser
Ghurbah as paradigm for Muslim life: a Risale-i Nur worldview / Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad
Islam, the environment, and Said Nursi / Oliver Leaman
Text and community: an analysis of the Risale-i Nur movement / Metin Karabaşoǧlu
Nur study circles (Dershanes) and the formation of new religious consciousness in Turkey / M. Hakan Yavuz
Said Nursi's project of revitalizing contemporary Islamic thought / M. Sait Özervarlı
Preface to the al-Mathnawī al-Arabī al-Nūrī / Redha Ameur, translator.