LETTERS (Mektubat), the
Written by a celebrated Islamic scholar to his students in Turkey after his political exile in 1925, these letters follow the long-established traditions of correspondence between spiritual masters and their students in remote lands. Both expressions of friendship and long-distance tutorials on points of scholarly debate, most of the letters are answers to questions about theology and hold forth on such matters as the nature of hell, the suffering of innocents, the miracles of Prophet Muhammad, and the divine purpose of the universe.
Bediüzzaman Said Nursi was a 20th-century Turkish scholar of Islam and philosophy who advocated compatibility of Islamic thought with modernity. He was the author of the Risale-i Nur, a 5,000-page modern commentary on the Qur'an.