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Said Nursi
Bahar 2004   [ 86. Sayı ]

Said Nursi: Crossroads of Differences


This is the first decade of our periodical started to be published as "a periodical devoted to thought". Since the spring of 1994, we tried to analyze the important questions of the society, art, science and thought.

Said Nursi; while he has reached at solutions to the essential problems of humanity, his the most important reference has been the "reason" undoubtedly; even, by taking attention to such concepts of Kur'an as "to think", "to reason", "to be aware of", "to discourse" and "to know", he has put a strong emphasis on the use of the wisdom of human being. Besides that, he has claimed that the Islamic societies could not conserve their original and alive quality the period in which there was no importance of "reasoning" because of the infiltration of external effects causing the social and cultural deformations. Although he has given "reasoning" a great importance, he has not ignored "heart" and other senses. As he has told us that the unbelief comes from the science and knowledge, the defense against those ideas based on unbelief can be maintained by convince. It has been necessary to use all media for the presentation all of that collection of intellect but documentaries addressed to the reason, bared upon evidences, presented by the specific scientific method gained more importance among them. Here, KÖPRÜ has come to the existence in the framework of the need.

It has aimed at the interpretation of the proposals of Risale-i Nur Collection due to the essential questions of human being by using a convincing method. It has preferred the proven and convincing approaches instead of the establishing its work up on subjective and irrational materials. All subjects has been tried to be handled in a methodic framework. All of the articles published during this decade had been prepared by that approach.

We see that every subject has been analyzed from the point of view of "Risale-i Nur" in the each file published by KÖPRÜ. Each of those files has maintained important approaches to reach new information (knowledge) and start new "debates". Besides that, each article has taught us that we have been at the beginning of the study and, should have worked more hard.

As these articles prepared by scientific approaches have caused new debates about the Risale-i Nur Collection among readers, have they supported those who has not known Risale-i Nur yet to have some new knowledge, and to join debates to some extent by a sharing a common platform. As the conclusion, KÖPRÜ has been the meeting point among intellectuals and Risale-i Nur readers.

Besides all of those above, KÖPRÜ survives by improving its priority as a "school". It is realized that its presentation technique will cover all areas of publication. The improvement of presentation techniques far from subjectivity will clear identity of "KÖPRÜ" as a school.


A chapter of this issue consists of articles on various aspects of Bediüzzaman Said Nursi. The rest of pages have been devoted to texts of the "First National Risale-i Nur Congress" organized by the Risale-i Nur Institute.


Ömer Faruk Uysal analyses who, what, how and why the Bediüzzaman's opposition was, in his article headed as "Bediüzzaman Said Nursi as an Opponent". Uysal talks about the dimensions and properties of the Bediüzzaman's opposition in the framework of concepts as "positive action", "the absolute Justice", "the relative Justice", "patience".

Feyzullah Cihangir criticizes the process of transition from one-party politics to the multiparty system and what the Bediüzzaman's political way was at during that process in his article.

Cüneyt Ülsever who criticizes the scientific thought sovereign over the 20th century in his article declares his thesis of "the impotence of scientific methodology of 20th century and scientific thought as its result on the subject of the understanding of the world and manage it."

Said Yargici who deals with the concepts of love, affection and compassion in his article named "The 'Human Model' Focused on the Compassion" claims that Risale-i Nur gives the importance to the affection which is a sight of the compassion instead of the love which is the essence of the Sufist pantheism.

Selim Sönmez puts a light on the initial Istanbul life of Bediüzzaman during the period between 1907-1909 by depending upon the archived documents in his short but important article. The article used 9 documents 8 of which are the first published contains subjects as "Bediüzzaman's travel to Istanbul from Van, his relationship with Sultan, attemptions of refusing him to Van, his arrestation in İzmit where he went after the March 31 events. The most important knowledge coming from those documents is the attemption of the Ministry of Internal affairs to forbid the book named "Divan-ı Harb-i Örfi" because of its agitation and declaration of some secrets.


The First National Risale-i Nur Congress named "The Role of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi at the Crossroads of Differences", which we publish its texts has been made in May 2nd of 2004. The first session of the Congress consists of declarations and thoughts of intellectuals on the possibilities of a common life in spite of differences of religions, civilizations, ethnicities, cultures and social strata" as a workshop. The declarations of workshop tables have been prepared in the framework of common opinions appeared as the result of debates at the second session. Finally, those declarations have been presented by Prof. Dr. Niyazi Öktem, Prof. Dr. Alparslan Açıkgenç, Dr. Alev Erkilet and Prof. Dr. Nevzat Tarhan to the public opinion.


While we are leaving you alone with the rich file consisting the various aspects of Bediüzzaman Said Nursi, we wish to meet you again at the new issue with the subject "Popular slavery: Sensuality" will be handled in the framework of key concepts as "id, egocentricism, conformity, hedonism, sensuality, egoism, narcissism, depression and success obsession."