Perhaps Their Harmony is not that Simple: Bediuzzaman Said Nursi on the Qur’an 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 relation- ship between the Qur’an and science. Nursi’s case illustrates that the task of relat- ing 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 !rst 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.