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Said Nursi (1878-1960) is the most influen­tial figure in twentieth century Muslim schol­arship and the author of the Risale-i Nur, a 6000 page commentary on the Holy Qur’an. This collection of essays written by Thomas Michel offers an insightful and comparative analysis into the life, thoughts and major writings of Said Nursi.

After an opening chapter that provides an overview of Nursi’s life and the author’s first encounter with the Risale-i Nur, the follow­ing chapter outlines Nursi’s views on Muslim relations with Christians and the possibility of dialogue and unity with the true followers of Christ.

In this chapter, the author notes that Nursi called for unity and cooperation between the Muslim-Christian communities fifty years be­fore the Vatican II called upon Christians and Muslims to recognize that they should move beyond the conflicts of the past and work to­gether for the common good to build peace, establish social justice, defend moral values, and promote true human freedom.

The next chapter compares the thoughts of Pope John Paul II with Nursi within the framework of pardon and peace. The essays then address themes such as modern civiliza­tion, war and peace, justice, human respon­sibility, sincerity and dialogue. The final sec­tions provide an invaluable and contemporary analysis of democracy and societal values, and the current state of societies.

This book provides insight into a deep con­versation taking place between a Catholic priest and a Muslim theologian. This sincere and humble collection of essays will be an in­dispensable reading for believers of all faiths and backgrounds with an interest in social and contemporary issues.

Author Said Nursi
Translater Thomas Mıchel
Dimensions 6 x 9 inches
Format Paperback
Pages 250 pages

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