chapter  4
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Nursi’s Approach to Disagreement and Pluralism

In this chapter, we shall summarize briefly the conventional approaches to this topic. For the modern mindset, the choice is simply a religious theocracy (which denies pluralism) or an aggressive secularism (which allows pluralism but only a privatized form of religion). Having looked at the traditional debate, we shall see how Nursi argues for a rich alternative, which affirms diversity yet also remains committed to the public nature of religious traditions. We shall suggest that this Nursi alternative can be called “Grounded pluralism.”