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Bediuzzaman Said Nursi's Ethics of Non‐Violence: Implications for Christian‐Muslim Relations Today

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Abstract:  Islam, unlike any other major religious tradition, is often associated with violence and extremism. This essay explores some of the elements of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi's (1876/77–1960) ethics of non‐violence and the historical context within which it evolved and was put into practice. It will become evident that Bediuzzaman's advocacy of non‐violence is rooted in a qur’anic framework by providing a holistic reading of scripture. This takes into consideration major qur’anic ethical virtues of compassion and mercy and a re‐interpretation of jihad suitable with those. Introducing the general Christian audience to these Muslim advocates remains crucial in fostering Christian‐Muslim relations.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Zeyneb Sayilgan is a doctoral student of religious pluralism in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Zeyneb is an adjunct lecturer at The Catholic University of America, and along with Salih, a Chaplain-in-Residence at Georgetown University. 2: Salih Sayilgan is a doctoral student of religion and culture in The School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and along with Zeyneb, a Chaplain-in-Residence at Georgetown University.

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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