The Contribution of Imam Nursi in the Fields of Religion and Philosophy

Dr. Oghuz Mashkur Khan Bediuzzaman Said Nursi was born in 1877 in a small village called Nurs, in the district of Hizan, a province of Bitlis (Turkey). He was an Islamic scholar of the highest standing, having studied not only all the traditional religious disciplines, but also modern science, and earned the name Bediuzzaman, the wonder of the age. He was an advocate of a form of Islam strongly committed to non-violence and constructive engagement with the West and with Christianity. He brought teachings of the traditional religious disciplines as…

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Two sides of Europe

In the middle ages, the enlightenment in the east (in the Islamic world) affected the thought, and positive thinking in the west then set the west in action to improve positive sciences. The French revolution and the industrial revolution made the step forward. However in this development process Europe split up in two; “One follows the sciences which serve justice and right and the industries beneficial for the life of society through the inspiration it has received from true Christianity and the second corrupt Europe which, through the darkness of…

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Philosophy and the Quran

The training which philosophy, science and the Quranic wisdom give to social life is totally different from each other. “Philosophy accepts ‘force’ as its point of support in social life. It considers its aim to be ‘the benefits’. The principle of its life recognized to be ‘conflict’. It holds the bond between communities to be ‘racialism and negative nationalism’. However, the mark of force is ‘aggression’. The mark of benefit -since they are insufficient for every desire- is ‘jostling and tussling’. While the mark of conflict is ‘strife’. And the…

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