Said Nursi’s Qritique of His Age


The life of Said Nursi is a life of struggle. He constantly criticized, Ottoman institutions, Muslim World, Europe and modern Turkey’s system and mentality. Nursi has first criticized the main pillars of political structure, including Landlords, Sheiks and Pashas in the Eastern provinces. After his arrival to the capital city of Istanbul, he met with Ottoman Sultanate, Union and Progress Party, Madrasas, Clerics, and Ottoman intellectuals. He challenged the institutions, establishment and the political elites in Istanbul as well. After Istanbul, he travelled to the center of Muslim intellectuals at the time, Damascus, where he challenged the Muslim intellectuals and clerics,

and proposed his solutions to the social problems that Muslim world faces at the time. During the World War One, he was taken as Prisoner of War by Russians and stated in Russian prisons for three years. During the prisoners camp he met with German and Austrian soldiers and generals and learned their worldview. After the establishment of new parliament in Ankara he was invited to Ankara and met with Ataturk and the members of the parliament. He, once again, challenge the authority of new regime, Ataturk and the members of the parliament. He wanted to influence the transformation of new Turkey, however, when he realized that he is unable to influence he went back to his home region Van…Critique_of_Age_by_Said_Nursi

About Me

Ali Agcakulu is an academic, author, and columnist. After he graduated from the Graduate School of Social Sciences at the Yildiz Technical University in 2016, he worked as a Postdoctoral research fellow at The Catholic University of America. He published two books; “The Brief History of Kurdish Nationalism” and “Said Nursi’s Political Theory or The Reform of Islamic Political Thought”. As a journalist, he was a columnist with Rota Haber and Ocak Medya news websites between 2015-2019. He also has many academic and semi-academic articles published in various magazines and newspapers. He is currently a columnist with the Ahval News website. His expertise is on the history and philosophy of Turkey’s relationships between religion and politics.

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