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Is Bediuzzaman Said Kurdi, Turk?

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Submitted by qewax (Belgium), Feb 5, 2009 at 05:58

Bediuzzaman Said Nursi is not Turk. You can't use the term Turk for him, may be you can only say that he was Turkish. He is from Turkey. The region that he was born called Kurdistan in the ottoman empire and for that Bediuzzaman was too called Said Kurdi. Like we know, one of his disciples write in his book that Said Nursi say himself 'he is from Prophet Muhammed's family'. If you mean that he is from Turkey, you may better use the Turkish term not Turk. This last have rather the ethnic sense.

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