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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Influence of Modern Science on Bediüzzaman Said Nursi's Thought
by Dogan, Serdar, M.A., The George Washington University, 2011, 67; 1492776
Abstract (Summary)

It has been a vigorously debated issue that Enlightenment thought in general and the premises of modern science in particular influenced Bediüzzaman Said Nursi’s thought to a significant level. There are those who claim that the utilization of the findings of modern science in the interpretation of the Qur’an and adoption of the mechanistic view of the universe was a result of this influence. It is also held that this influence prepared the ground for the emergence of his grand work, the Risale-i Nur. Yet, so far there has been no comprehensive study on the relationship between this influence and the emergence of the Risale-i Nur as a new school of thought and spirituality or a new path representing “an alliance of reason and the heart” within the universe of Islam. The purpose of this study is the explication of the relationship between Nursi’s adoption of the premises of modern science in the context of Enlightenment thought and the emergence of the Risale-i Nur as a new school, which was expected by its author to serve as an alternative to the traditional Islamic schools of thought and spirituality.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Nasr, Seyyed Hossein
Commitee: Pemberton, Kelly
School: The George Washington University
Department: Religion
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: MAI 49/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Philosophy of Science, Political science
Keywords: Islamic revivalist movements, Modern science, Nursi, Scientific exegesis
Publication Number: 1492776
ISBN: 978-1-124-65421-8
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