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Modern Turkish religious movement named after its founder and leader, Bediuzzaman Said al-Nursi (d. 1960). The late-nineteenth-century Ottoman administration differentiated between the more modern Turks of western Anatolia and the Balkans and Nursi's own comparatively backward Kurdish region. Nursi's solution to this cultural bifurcation was to promulgate an Islam that brought all Muslims under a common faith but added the advantages of Western technology. The movement is popular among an increasingly educated, urbane population and is extremely active in publishing his writings and the newspaper Yeni asya.

See also Nursi, Bediuzzaman Said al-

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