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Book chapter

Said Nursi's Approach to Justice and its Role for Political reforms in the Muslim World

P. 181-196.

The significance of any prominent thinker’s ideas is determined not only by their intellectual content, their orientation to fundamental sources and convincing quality of argument, but primarily by the role those ideas play at the moment when a society is undergoing a crisis or confronting problems which need to be solved in order to secure its future. Outstanding thinkers can only be described as great if their views affect not only the consciousness and behavior of some limited groups or even nations, but also if they influence the mode of thinking of the whole of mankind or at least a numerous religious community such as Muslims in our World. Among those thinkers Said Nursi occupies an honorable place for Said Nursi’s thoughts are directly linked with the present situation in the Muslim countries as well as with the role Islam plays there. Said Nursi is not a political thinker in the proper sense but the political future of the above mentioned nations can be predicted more profoundly if his ideas are taken into account because he contributed much to the understanding of Islam and its role in today’s world. But in any case when discussing this issue it is necessary to start with the analysis of Said Nursi’s approach to Islam and Shari’ah in general.