The Author of the Risale-i Nur

Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

This, the first full-length biography of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi to appear in English, answers in satisfying fashion a need so far unmet. Drawing largely on Bediuzzaman's own works and the accounts of those who either knew or met him, it describes the life, works, and struggle in the cause of Islam of this one the most important thinkers and servants of the Qur'an to emerge in the Islamic world this century. Also giving outlines of historical events, the work sets Bediuzzaman's ideas and activities in an historical context. It describes the enterprising and scholarly endeavours of Bediuzzaman's youth in the cause of the Ottoman Empire, particularly in the areas of education, constitutionalism, and Islamic Unity. And in the Second Part, traces both Bediuzzaman's silent struggle through his collection of written works, the Qur'anic commentary known as the Risale-i Nur, against the irreligion that was officially propagated in the first decades of the Turkish Republic, and the growth of the Risale-i Nur movement. This scrupulous biography, which considers all these subjects in detail, will contribute significantly to making better known to readers of English this major figure of modern Islam, and the movement he founded for the renewal of belief .

PART ONE - The Old Said


Chapter One - Childhood and Youth

Chapter Two - Istanbul before Freedom

Chapter Three - Freedom and Constitutionalism

Chapter Four - Bediuzzaman and the Thirty-First of March Incident

Chapter Five - "The Future shall be Islam's, and Islam's alone"

Chapter Six - Service in Balkans, and in the 'Special Organization'

Chapter Seven - War and Captivity

Chapter Eight - Return and Appointment to the Daru'l-Hikmeti'l-Islamiye

Chapter Nine - Supremacy of the Qur'an and Birth of the New Said

Chapter Ten - Opposition to the British and Move to Ankara



PART TWO - The New Said

Chapter One - Van

Chapter Two - Barla

Chapter Three - Eskisehir

Chapter Four - Kastamonu

Chapter Five - Denizli

Chapter Six - Emirdag

Chapter Seven - Afyon



PART THREE - The Third Said

CONCLUSION