Thursday, May 17, 2007

Tatar historian Ishakov: No trace of extremism in the works of Nursi

From Faruk Akkan at Today's Zaman (Turkey)

In an assessment from the ongoing trial in Russia, Tatar historian Damir Ishakov argues that there is no trace of extremism in the works of Said Nursi. “While presenting my ideas to the court, I defended the contemporary interpretation of Islam against the primitive Wahhabi understanding ... The Turks make up a nation that has an interpretation of Islam that is at peace with the Western world. Turkish society has renovated itself socially through modern values, and it really succeeded in that. The concepts articulated by Said Nursi were all taken from the Holy Koran."

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