The Influence of Modern Science on Bediüzzaman Said Nursi's Thought Open Access
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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.