Perhaps Their Harmony is not that Simple (Bediuzzaman Said Nursi on the Quran and Modern Science)
By Isra Yazicioglu
The aim of this article is to discuss the noteworthy approach of a twentieth-century Muslim scholar and exegete, Bediüzzaman Said Nursi (1877–1960), to the relationship between the Qur’an and science. Nursi’s case illustrates that the task of relating the modern science and the Qur’an requires attention to the interpretive dimensions of both. Before I turn to discussing Nursi’s approach, in the first part of the article I shall discuss a popular contemporary Muslim discourse on science, the genre of “scientific miracles” of the Qur’an, in order to provide a heuristic comparative context.