The pressures and challenges facing many Muslims in the last century have been enormous. Various forms of political Islam and of secularism have sought to address these challenges. The Turkish theologian Bediuzaaman Said Nursi (1877-1960) initiated a spiritual reform movement that has millions of adherents and a strong institutional and educational system. By calling forth the treasures of Islam this movement seeks to address fears in modern Muslim societies and offer fruitful pathways to the future.   

Professor Faris Kaya is an executive member of the Istanbul Foundation for Science and Culture (IFSC) and a leading scholar of the work of Said Nursi. His research is focused on interfaith issues and he has organized international conferences and symposiums in Istanbul, in Muslim countries from Morocco to Indonesia, and in Europe.

Professor Thomas Michel, S.J., studied Arabic in Lebanon and Egypt and received his PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago. He has served on the Asia Desk of the Vatican Pontifical Council on Interreligious Dialogue and many other Roman Catholic bodies. He has taught in Indonesia, the Philippines, the United States, and Europe.