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Said Nursî

1877 - 1960

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Said Nursi (Ottoman Turkish: سعيد نورسی, Kurdish: Seîdê Nursî ,سەعید نوورسی‎; 1877 – 23 March 1960), also spelled Said-i Nursî or Said-i Kurdî, and commonly known with the honorifics Bediüzzaman (meaning "wonder of the age") and Üstad (meaning "master") among his followers, was a Kurdish Sunni Muslim theologian who wrote the Risale-i Nur Collection, a body of Qur'anic commentary exceeding six thousand pages. Believing that modern science and logic was the way of the future, he advocated teaching religious sciences in secular schools and modern sciences in religious schools.Nursi inspired a religious movement that has played a vital role in the revival of Islam in Turkey and now numbers several millions of followers worldwide. His followers, often known as the "Nurcu movement" or the "Nur cemaati". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Said Nursî has received more than 516,441 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Said Nursî is the 707th most popular religious figure (down from 640th in 2019), the 328th most popular biography from Turkey (down from 286th in 2019) and the 46th most popular Turkish Religious Figure.

Said Nursî is most famous for his work in the field of comparative religion. He believed that all religions have a common origin, and that all religions are valid paths to God.

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Among religious figures, Said Nursî ranks 707 out of 2,238Before him are Radha, Leopold III, Margrave of Austria, Mattathias, Al-Nasa'i, Gertrude of Nivelles, and Menno Simons. After him are Leonard of Noblac, Hippolytus of Rome, Evagrius Ponticus, Martin Bucer, John of God, and Pat Garrett.

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Among people born in 1877, Said Nursî ranks 19Before him are Raoul Dufy, G. H. Hardy, Oswald Avery, Kees van Dongen, Heinrich Otto Wieland, and Kārlis Ulmanis. After him are Arthur Cecil Pigou, Maurice Halbwachs, Alfred Cortot, Princess Auguste of Bavaria, André Maginot, and Karl Abraham. Among people deceased in 1960, Said Nursî ranks 16Before him are Walther Funk, Paula Hitler, Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia, Igor Kurchatov, Fausto Coppi, and Aloysius Stepinac. After him are Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia, J. L. Austin, Victor Sjöström, Ana Pauker, Ernst von Dohnányi, and Héctor Castro.

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Among people born in Turkey, Said Nursî ranks 328 out of 1,301Before him are Telipinu (-1600), Artemidorus (200), Ibn Hawqal (943), Gevherhan Sultan (1605), Şehzade Mehmed (1605), and Strato of Lampsacus (-335). After him are Gregory of Narek (951), Evagrius Ponticus (345), Tansu Çiller (1946), Theodoret (393), Andronikos IV Palaiologos (1348), and Kaya Sultan (1633).


Among religious figures born in Turkey, Said Nursî ranks 46Before him are Basilios Bessarion (1403), Philemon (100), Theodora (815), Lydia of Thyatira (100), Erasmus of Formia (300), and Theophilus of Antioch (140). After him are Evagrius Ponticus (345), Onesimus (1), Nectarios of Aegina (1846), Papias of Hierapolis (70), Nikephoros I of Constantinople (758), and Euphemia (289).