Said Nursi’s Teaching on the People of the Book: A Case Study of Islamic Social Policy in the Early Twentieth Century

Presented in this paper is a concise biography of Said Nursi with regard to the People of the Book and Muslim-Christian relations, aimed at giving the reader background into the scholar whose works are subsequently presented and analyzed. Nursi’s discussion of the People of the Book and the concept of dhimmi (individual and regional religious protectorate) as developed from qur’anic references and prophetic traditions (Hadith is then analyzed. Significantly, through this paper, these key concepts as covered by a scholar as important to the field of Nursi, are made available to English-speaking people for the first time as the author references Nursi’s book Munazarat, which has yet to be translated into English.