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Spiritual Dimensions of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi's Risale-I Nur


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Editor's Introduction Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi 1. A Survey of the Main Spiritual Themes of the Risale-i Nur Sukran Vahide 2. The Six-Sided Vision of Said Nursi: Toward a Spiritual Architecture of the Risale-i Nur Colin Turner 3. Grounded Spirituality: The Challenge of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi Ian Markham 4. At the Heart of the Matter: Faith and Belief in the Poetic Imagery of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi Jane I. Smith 5. Faith Development and Spiritual Maturation in the Works of Said Nursi Marcia Hermansen 6. The Spirit of Worship and the Result of Sincere Belief: Nursi's Mathnawi al-'Arabi al-Nuri as a Handbook for the Contemplative Life Lucinda Mosher 7. The Chief Characteristics of Spirituality in Said Nursi Religious Thought Bilal Kuspinar 8. Dreams and Dream Interpretation in Said Nursi's Risale-i Nur: Islamic, Judaic, and Universal Resonances Yehezkel Landau 9. "For you, illness is good health": Said Nursi's Spirituality in His Approach to Physical Illness Thomas Michel 10. Nursi on Hatred as the Root of Violence Mustafa Ulusoy 11. Taking Faith to Heart: Reconciliation and Peacebuilding in Islam Asma Afsaruddin 12. Said Nursi's Vision for a New Universal Culture of Dialogue Abdelaziz Berghout 13. The Threat to Spirituality Fred A. Reed 14. Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi and Bediuzzaman Nursi: Some Comparative Considerations Yohanan Friedmann 15. "Visions of Plurality in Unity": Said Nursi, Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi, and the Question of the Unity of Being Stephen Hirtenstein 16. Exploring the Spiritual Dimensions of Nature: Ahmed-i Jiziri and Said Nursi M. Sait Ozervarli 17. Sincerity in the Thought of Muhammad Iqbal and Bediuzzman Said Nursi Ahmet Albayrak 18. Spirit and Spirituality: Linking the Lives of Two Twentieth-Century Pioneers Miriam Terese Winter 19. Selections from Nursi's Writings on Spirituality tr. Sukran Vahide Bibliography List of Contributors Index

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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. Fethullah Gulen on Turkey, Islam, and the West; all published by SUNY Press.


"...this collection of essays is a most useful introduction to various aspects of Nursian spirituality and of the message of his Risale-i Nur. It is on a par with, if not better than, many other previously published collections of essays on Nursi and the cross-cultural and inter-religious appeal of the Nursian legacy." - Journal of Islamic Studies "Nursi is an interesting and highly relevant thinker today. The range of topics included here is impressive, and I especially liked the linking of work on Nursi to aspects of religious thought outside Islam. I suspect the book will be used in courses on Islamic studies as essential reading." - Oliver Leaman, coauthor of Islam: The Key Concepts

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