Nursi Conference by Osnabrück University, Germany
Osnabrück University, one of the oldest universities of Germany, organized a two-day conference (November 8-9, 2010), dedicated to 50th anniversary of Said Nursi’s passing away. The conference drew high interest, and was attended by many scholars and intellectuals. Twenty-seven academicians participated in the conference, and the scholars outside Germany came from Turkey, England, Denmark, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Netherlands, and the USA.
Mayor of the city welcomed the participants in the historical municipality building giving a speech on the meaning of religious peace. He stated that Thirty Years’ War caused bloodshed between the Protestants and the Catholics for thirty years, and the peace agreement was signed in that municipality building (in 1648.) The president of the Istanbul Foundation for Science and Culture, Faris Kaya, and one of the living students of Said Nursi, Mehmet Firinci, presented a plate to the mayor.
Afterwards, the delegates moved to the university building, and the rector of Osnabruck University started the conference giving his opening talk. The conference was held in six sessions and scholars presented their papers about these topics in the light of Said Nursi’s ideas: The Relation between Science and Religion; Philosophy and Human Rights; Religious Education; Liberties and the Modernity; Interfaith Dialogue; and The Relation between Justice and Revelation.