This is the first decade of our periodical started to be published as "a periodical
devoted to thought". Since the spring of 1994, we tried to analyze the important
questions of the society, art, science and thought.
Said Nursi; while he has reached at solutions to the essential problems of humanity,
his the most important reference has been the "reason" undoubtedly; even, by taking
attention to such concepts of Kur'an as "to think", "to reason", "to be aware of",
"to discourse" and "to know", he has put a strong emphasis on the use of the wisdom
of human being. Besides that, he has claimed that the Islamic societies could not
conserve their original and alive quality the period in which there was no importance
of "reasoning" because of the infiltration of external effects causing the social
and cultural deformations. Although he has given "reasoning" a great importance,
he has not ignored "heart" and other senses. As he has told us that the unbelief
comes from the science and knowledge, the defense against those ideas based on unbelief
can be maintained by convince. It has been necessary to use all media for the presentation
all of that collection of intellect but documentaries addressed to the reason, bared
upon evidences, presented by the specific scientific method gained more importance
among them. Here, KÖPRÜ has come to the existence in the framework of the need.
It has aimed at the interpretation of the proposals of Risale-i Nur Collection due
to the essential questions of human being by using a convincing method. It has preferred
the proven and convincing approaches instead of the establishing its work up on
subjective and irrational materials. All subjects has been tried to be handled in
a methodic framework. All of the articles published during this decade had been
prepared by that approach.
We see that every subject has been analyzed from the point of view of "Risale-i
Nur" in the each file published by KÖPRÜ. Each of those files has maintained important
approaches to reach new information (knowledge) and start new "debates". Besides
that, each article has taught us that we have been at the beginning of the study
and, should have worked more hard.
As these articles prepared by scientific approaches have caused new debates about
the Risale-i Nur Collection among readers, have they supported those who has not
known Risale-i Nur yet to have some new knowledge, and to join debates to some extent
by a sharing a common platform. As the conclusion, KÖPRÜ has been the meeting point
among intellectuals and Risale-i Nur readers.
Besides all of those above, KÖPRÜ survives by improving its priority as a "school".
It is realized that its presentation technique will cover all areas of publication.
The improvement of presentation techniques far from subjectivity will clear identity
of "KÖPRÜ" as a school.
A chapter of this issue consists of articles on various aspects of Bediüzzaman Said
Nursi. The rest of pages have been devoted to texts of the "First National Risale-i
Nur Congress" organized by the Risale-i Nur Institute.
Ömer Faruk Uysal analyses who, what, how and why the Bediüzzaman's opposition was,
in his article headed as "Bediüzzaman Said Nursi as an Opponent". Uysal talks about
the dimensions and properties of the Bediüzzaman's opposition in the framework of
concepts as "positive action", "the absolute Justice", "the relative Justice", "patience".
Feyzullah Cihangir criticizes the process of transition from one-party politics
to the multiparty system and what the Bediüzzaman's political way was at during
that process in his article.
Cüneyt Ülsever who criticizes the scientific thought sovereign over the 20th century
in his article declares his thesis of "the impotence of scientific methodology of
20th century and scientific thought as its result on the subject of the understanding
of the world and manage it."
Said Yargici who deals with the concepts of love, affection and compassion in his
article named "The 'Human Model' Focused on the Compassion" claims that Risale-i
Nur gives the importance to the affection which is a sight of the compassion instead
of the love which is the essence of the Sufist pantheism.
Selim Sönmez puts a light on the initial Istanbul life of Bediüzzaman during the
period between 1907-1909 by depending upon the archived documents in his short but
important article. The article used 9 documents 8 of which are the first published
contains subjects as "Bediüzzaman's travel to Istanbul from Van, his relationship
with Sultan, attemptions of refusing him to Van, his arrestation in İzmit where
he went after the March 31 events. The most important knowledge coming from those
documents is the attemption of the Ministry of Internal affairs to forbid the book
named "Divan-ı Harb-i Örfi" because of its agitation and declaration of some secrets.
The First National Risale-i Nur Congress named "The Role of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi
at the Crossroads of Differences", which we publish its texts has been made in May
2nd of 2004. The first session of the Congress consists of declarations and thoughts
of intellectuals on the possibilities of a common life in spite of differences of
religions, civilizations, ethnicities, cultures and social strata" as a workshop.
The declarations of workshop tables have been prepared in the framework of common
opinions appeared as the result of debates at the second session. Finally, those
declarations have been presented by Prof. Dr. Niyazi Öktem, Prof. Dr. Alparslan
Açıkgenç, Dr. Alev Erkilet and Prof. Dr. Nevzat Tarhan to the public opinion.
While we are leaving you alone with the rich file consisting the various aspects
of Bediüzzaman Said Nursi, we wish to meet you again at the new issue with the subject
"Popular slavery: Sensuality" will be handled in the framework of key concepts as
"id, egocentricism, conformity, hedonism, sensuality, egoism, narcissism, depression
and success obsession."