The Life of Said Nursi and the Risale-i Nur Collection: A Review
Firstly, this chapter analyses Nursi’s life and his intellectual career. It focuses on Nursi’s life periods and their characteristics, his theological thoughts and his approaches to the Islamic disciplines such as fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), kalām (Islamic systematic theology) and tasawwuf (Ṣūfism). After that, the chapter examines attempts to revitalize kalām and discussions regarding “new kalām” in the twentieth century CE since Nursi is a part of this movement. Finally, the chapter introduces Nursi’s major books in the collection which are the most relevant to this study.