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

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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...
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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.
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Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration
Editor's Introduction
A Chronology of Said Nursi's Life
1 Toward an Intellectual Biography of Said Nursi 1
2 In the Footsteps of Said Nursi 33
3 Reflections on Said Nursi's Life and Thought 45
4 Qur'anic Commentary, Public Space, and Religious Intellectuals in the Writings of Said Nursi 51
5 How to Read Said Nursi's Risale-i Nur 61
6 Said Nursi's Interpreation of Jihad 93
7 Prison Is a Hell for the Unbeliever: Thoughts and Reflections on Two Imprisoned Muslims 115
8 Revelation, the Disciplines of Reason, and Truth in the Works and Said Nursi and Paul Tillich 129
9 The Concept of Man: Mevlana Jalal al-Din and Said Nursi 151
10 Forgetting Gramsci and Remembering Said Nursi: Parallel Theories of Gramsci and Said Nursi in the Space of Eurocentrism 167
11 The Marrow of Worship and the Moral Vision: Said Nursi and Supplication 181
12 The Separation of Human Philosophy from the Wisdom of the Qur'an in Said Nursi's Work 199
13 The Problem of Theodicy in the Risale-i Nur 215
14 The Apocalypse in the Teachings of Said Nursi 229
15 Ghurbah as Paradigm for Muslim Life: A Risale-i Nur Worldview 237
16 Islam, the Environment, and Said Nursi 255
17 Text and Community: An Analysis of the Risale-i Nur Movement 263
18 Nur Study Circles (Dershanes) and the Formation of New Religious Consciousness in Turkey 297
19 Said Nursi's Project Revitalizing Contemporary Islamic Thought 317
20 Preface to the al-Mathnawi al-'Arabi al-Nuri 335
Bibliography 351
Contributors 363
Index 365
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