Academic Programs 
      

Major Religious Figures: Bediuzzaman Said Nursi   (TH-681)
Summer 2005

This course explores the life, thought, and achievement of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (1874-1960).  Starting with Nursi's context in Turkey, it explores the evolution of his thought from the Old Said to the New Said.  Particular emphasis is placed on his apologetics for Islam in a secular environment, his commitment to non-violence, and his strong commitment to constructive relations between Christians and Jews. 

 

Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Monday, June 13 – Friday, June 17 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ibrahim Abu-Rabi
Professor of Islamic Studies

Contact Information:
phone: 
(860) 509-9500
email:

Sukran Vahide
Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies


Contact Information:
phone: 
(860) 509-9500
email: 


This course explores the life, thought, and achievement of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (1874-1960).  Starting with Nursi’s context in Turkey, it explores the evolution of his thought from the Old Said to the New Said.  Particular emphasis is placed on his apologetics for Islam in a secular environment, his commitment to non-violence, and his strong commitment to constructive relations between Christians and Jews.

 

REQUIRED TEXTS:

1)     Said Nursi, The Words, Volume One from the Risale-I-Nur Collection

2)   Said NursiI, The Rays, Volume four from the  Risale-I-Nur Collection

3)    Sukran Vahide, The Author of the Risale-I-Nur, BEDIUZZAMAN SAID NURSI, Volume Five;

4)    Fred Reed, Anatoilia Junction: A Journey into Hidden Turkey;

5)    Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi‘, ed.,  Islam at the Crossroads:  On the Life and Thought of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

 

Please note that both Ibrahim Abu-Rabi‘ and Sukran Vahide will teach the first three days.

I)       First day, Monday, June 13, 2005

Nursi in a historical context: Introduction to modern Ottoman and Turkish History

READING:

Sukran Vahide, the author of the Risale-I-Nur, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, entire text 

 

II)    Second day, Tuesday, June 14, 2005

 Spiritual Dimensions of Risale-I-Nur

READING:

Said Nursi, The Words, Volume One from the Risale-I-Nur collection: pp. 1-318 [from beginning to the end of the twenty second word]

 

III)  Third day: Wednesday, June 15, 2005

 Spiritual Dimensions of Risale-I-Nur  

READING:

Said Nursi, The Rays, Volume four from the Risale-I-Nur Collection; pp. 1-291.

 

IV) Fourth day, Thursday, JUNE 16, 2005 

 Spiritual Dimensions of Risale-I-Nur 

READING:

Said Nursi, The Rays, Volume four from the Risale-I-Nur Collection; pp. 292-579.

Dr. Faris Kaya will give a 2-hour lecture on the Rays, between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Dr. Ian Markham will give a 2-hour lecture on ethics and Nursi between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.

 

V)    Fifth day, Friday, June 17, 2005

Nursi's Legacy in Contemporary Turkey 

READING:

Fred Reed, Anatolia Junction: A Journey into Hidden Turkey.  Entire text

Fred Reed will lecture in the morning session on his book.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

1)  Each student should give on presentation in class and 

2) Write an extensive review of Ibrahim Abu-Rabi, Islam at the Crossroads:  On the Life and Thought of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

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