Reflections on the Risale-i Nur
by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

Besides various resources on the Risale-i Nur (Epistles of Light) and its author Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, this website offers links to the Reflections-RN Podcast, where you can find a side-by-side reading of the Risale-i Nur in the Turkish original and in English translation, followed by clarifying notes and reflections in English by the reader. Risale-i Nur is a profoundly spiritual, insightful, and intellectual commentary on the Qur'an by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (1878-1960) - a Kurdish-origin scholar of Islam from the Ottoman Empire and Turkey with extraordinary memory and intellect, sincere devotion and spirituality, and an excellent grasp of the Islamic tradition as well as the modern world.

This site is maintained by Dr. Mustafa Tuna. He is an associate professor at Duke University. Besides several works on the history of Muslims in Turkey, Russia, and Central Asia, he is the author of an academic article on Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, titled “At the Vanguard of Contemporary Muslim Thought: Reading Said Nursi into the Islamic Tradition.” He is currently working on a book-length project titled Said Nursi's Path of Light: Faith, Practice, and Spirituality in the Works of a Twentieth-Century Scholar of Islam and an English-language glossary of key terms in the Risale-i Nur.

Click to listen to the latest Episode: Tenth Word 15. The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As an exegesis of Qur'an, 30:50,* this treatise demonstrates numerous rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the Hereafter.

For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit

* "Look, then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return people to life after death- He has power over all things (Qur'an, 30:50)."

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  • “Introduction” for an introduction to the Risale-i Nur and its author Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. For maximum benefit, please read or listen to this section before listening to the podcasts,

  • “AudioReflections” for the podcast episodes,

  • “Download Risale-i Nur” to download pdf copies of the Risale-in Nur in English, Arabic, and original Turkish,

  • “Resources” for miscellaneous resources on the Risale-i Nur and its author Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.


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