Islam and Politics in the Light of Said Nursi’s Writings

This article discusses in its introduction the concept of political Islam as it first developed during the final years of the Ottoman Empire, and Nursi’s reaction to politics. The bulk of the article then focuses on Nursi’s stance concerning politics. As a prolific author, scholar, and activist, Nursi has a unique place among his contemporaries and the article deliberately elaborates on why Nursi coined his famous statement, ‘I take refuge in God from Satan and politics.’ It also presents a limited comparison between Nursi’s interpretations of some qur’anic and Sayyid Qutb’s interpretation of these same texts.