Contemporary Islamic thinkers are often studied sociologically rather than as theologians. There are many accessible introductions to Christian theologians, but very few such studies of Islamic thinkers. This book, and this series, seeks to change this situation: offering new introductions to influential Islamic thinkers and engaging, at the level of ideas, with the rich depths of contemporary Islamic theology. This book introduces to the English-speaking world the leading modern Islamic thinker Said Nursi (1878-1960) - who has some nine million followers in modern day Turkey and around the world. After an opening chapter that provides an overview of his life, the next four chapters outline the theology of Nursi on God, the Qur'an, the West and Politics. The final section provides an invaluable resource of readings from Nursi's most important writings. Providing an introduction to a major form of Islam which is committed to non-violence, dialogue and constructive relationships with the West, this is the first student textbook to introduce a contemporary Islamic theologian in a systematic way.

chapter |2 pages


chapter Chapter 2|16 pages

The Concepts of God and the Qur'an

chapter Chapter 3|14 pages

Said Nursi and Spirituality

part |128 pages

Extracts from the Writings of Said Nursi

part Part 1|50 pages


part Part 2|30 pages


part Part 3|24 pages

Life after Death and Resurrection

part Part 4|22 pages

Justice and Worship