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By Ian S. Markham

ISBN-10: 1409407713

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Modern Islamic thinkers are usually studied sociologically instead of as theologians. there are numerous obtainable introductions to Christian theologians, yet only a few such experiences of Islamic thinkers. This publication, and this sequence, seeks to alter this example: delivering new introductions to influential Islamic thinkers and interesting, on the point of rules, with the wealthy depths of latest Islamic theology. This booklet introduces to the English-speaking international the best sleek Islamic philosopher stated Nursi (1878-1960) - who has a few 9 million fans in modern-day Turkey and worldwide. After a gap bankruptcy that gives an outline of his lifestyles, the following 4 chapters define the theology of Nursi on God, the Qur'an, the West and Politics. the ultimate part offers a useful source of readings from Nursi's most vital writings. delivering an advent to a big type of Islam that is dedicated to non-violence, discussion and confident relationships with the West, this can be the 1st scholar textbook to introduce a modern Islamic theologian in a scientific method.

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39 When God granted self-knowledge as a component of measurement, Nursi describes that it served as a key to unlock the hidden treasure of the knowledge of the Divine names. ” And with its partial knowledge, it may understand His knowledge, and with its small amount of acquired art, it may understand the originative art of the Glorious Maker. For example, the “I” says: “As I made this house and arranged it, so someone must have made the universe and arranged it,” and so on. Thousands of mysterious states, attributes, and perceptions which make known and show to a degree all the Divine attributes and functions are contained with the “I”.

However, it is important to look more closely. The first exile is the sense  Said Nursi, ‘The Seventeenth Flash – Fourteenth Note’ in The Flashes Collection (Istanbul, 1995), 185. , 184. Ş 1997), 42–3. An Introduction to Said Nursi 38 of loss due to old age (many who were close to Nursi are no longer alive); the second is the inevitable separation (as people come and go); the third is the sense of dislocation that Nursi felt in his country (exacerbated due to his antagonism to the secular nationalism of the government); the fourth is the contrast between the insignificant human life and nature (especially mountains and the night); and the last exile is the conflict between the spirit ready for eternity and life which must still be lived here.

For Nursi, this is not simply a matter of obedience to the command of God, although, of course, it is at least that. It is more. The pattern of daily prayer is an opportunity to live the rich experience of life during the course of one day. He explains: The time of Fajr, the early morning: This time until sunrise resembles and calls to mind the early spring, the moment of conception in the mother’s womb, and the first six days of the creation of the heavens and the earth; it recalls the Divine acts present in them.

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