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The Very Rev. Dr. Ian Markham explains Said Nursi’s ‘Treatise of Light’

The Very Rev. Dr. Ian Markham explains the benefits of Said Nursi’s ‘Treatise of Light’ to ChristiansLessons for Christians.


The Very Rev. Dr. Ian S. Markham has written or edited five books on Said Nursi. One of his primary themes in these books is that Christians can learn how to be committed to a tradition yet at the same time open to dialogue and committed to good relationships with each other. Nursi’s analysis of prayer and fasting can be illuminating for Christians. Put together, the Risale has the potential to make Christians better Christians.

Some of Markham’s books include:

Engaging with Bediuzzaman Said Nursi: A Model of Interfaith Dialogue ;
An Introduction to Said Nursi: Life, Thought, and Writings ;
The Companion to Said Nursi Studies


The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., was appointed as Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) in August 2007. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom where he focused on Christian Ethics. He previously earned an M.Litt. in Philosophy and Ethics from the University of Cambridge and a B.D. in Theology from the University of London.

Before being called to VTS, he served as Dean and Professor of Theology and Ethics at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut and Visiting Professor of Globalization, Ethics, and Islam at Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom.


Emre Celik is the Executive Director at Peace Islands New York. He has held positions in numerous non-profits in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Washington DC, and New York working on educational and interfaith projects. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies examining civil Islam in the United States and regularly speaks on civil Islam, Sufism, Muslim diaspora communities, and human rights issues and has spoken at Harvard, Georgetown, American, George Washington and various other universities and institutions in the United States. His op-eds, interviews, and social media are available here:

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