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Spiritual Dimensions of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi’s Risale-i Nur


By Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi

Edited and with an Introduction by Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi‘, the book also includes chapters by prominent scholars in contemporary Islamic studies such as Asma Afsaruddin, Ahmet Albayrak, Abdelaziz Berghout, Yohanan Friedmann, Marcia Hermansen, Stephen Hirtenstein, Bilal Kusçpinar, Yehezkel Landau, Ian Markham, Thomas Michel, Lucinda Mosher, M. Sait Özervarli, Fred A. Reed, Jane I. Smith, Colin Turner, Mustafa Ulusoy, Sükran Vahide, and Miriam Terese Winter. Based on Said Nursi’s spiritual doctrine, it seems that this 416-page book would give a thorough 360-degree look at the spirituality at the perspective of Risale-i Nur.



Essays on various facets of Nursi's spirituality as portrayed in his Risale-i Nur. The Nur community is one of the most significant religious and social movements in contemporary Turkey, with millions of adherents and a strong institutional and educational system throughout the country. This volume presents a picture of its spiritual dimensions by focusing on the ideas of its founder, Turkish theologian Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (1877-1960). Prominent scholars in contemporary Islamic studies and comparative spirituality ex amine the various facets of Nursi's spirituality as revealed in his magnum opus, Risale-i Nur, which began to take shape in the 1920s and is considered Nursi's deep reflection on the Qur'an in light of rapidly changing conditions in Turkey.


Table of Contents


  1. A survey of the main spiritual themes of the Risale-i Nur Sukran Vahide   1
  2. The six-sided vision of Said Nursi: toward a spiritual architecture of the Risale-i Nur Colin Turner   23
  3. Grounded spirituality: the challenge of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi Ian Markham   53
  4. At the heart of the matter: faith and belief in the poetic imagery of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi Jane I. Smith   69
  5. Faith development and spiritual maturation in the works of Said Nursi Hermansen   81
  6. The spirit of worship and the result of sincere belief: Nursi's Mathanawi al-Arabi al-Nuri as a handbook for the contemplative life Lucinda Mosher   103
  7. The chief characteristics of spirituality in Said Nursi's religious thought Bilal Kuspinar   125
  8. Dreams and dream interpretation in Said Nursi's Risale-i Nur: Islamic, Judaic, and universal resonances Yehezkel Landau   147
  9. "For you, illness is good health”: Said Nursi's spirituality in his approach to physical illness Thomas Michel  175
  10. Nursi on hatred as the root of violence Mustafa   191
  11. Taking faith to heart: reconciliation and peace building in Islam Asma Afsaruddin   213
  12. Said Nursi's vision for a new universal culture of dialogue Abdelaziz Berghout   231
  13. The threat to spirituality Fred A. Reed   259
  14. 14 Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi and Bediuzzaman Nursi: some comparative considerations Yohanan Friedmann   275
  15. "Visions of plurality in unity": Said Nursi, Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi, and the question of the unity of being Stephen Hirtenstein   287
  16. Exploring the spiritual dimensions of nature: Ahmed-i Jiziri and Said Nursi M. Sait Ozervarli   311
  17. Sincerity in the thought of Muhammad Iqbal and Bediuzzaman Said Nursi Ahmet Albayrak   333
  18. Spirit and spirituality: linking the lives of two twentieth-century pioneers Miriam Therese Winter   353
  19. Selections from Nursi's writings on spirituality Sukran Vahide   373


Bibliography 417

List of contributors 427

Index 431




Meet the Author

Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi holds the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities Chair in Islamic Studies at the University of Alberta. He is the author of Intellectual Origins of Islamic Resurgence in the Modern Arab World and the editor of several books, including Islam at the Crossroads: On the Life and Thought of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi; Islam in Modern Turkey: An Intellectual Biography of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi; and Contemporary Islamic Conversations: M.


Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791474747
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Pages: 448
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  • Suny Press, 2008
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
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