Bediuzzaman Said Nursi was born in 1877 in eastern Turkey and died
in 1960 in Urfa in Turkey. Readers may refer to his biography for
details of his long and exemplary life, which spanned the last decades
of the Ottoman Empire. Bediuzzaman displayed an extraordinary intelligence and ability to
learn from an early age, completing the normal course of madrasa (religious school) education at the early age of fourteen, when he obtained his diploma. He became famous for both his prodigious memory
and his unbeaten record in debating with other religious scholars.
Another characteristic Bediuzzaman displayed from an early age was an
instinctive dissatisfaction with the existing education system, which
when older he formulated into comprehensive proposals for its reform.
Contrary to the practice of religious scholars at that time, Bediuzzaman
himself studied and mastered almost all the physical and mathematical