I give this review such a title because this really is a difficult one to describe. Said Nursi was a truly remarkable man and what is most interesting was he was an ever evolving man who while remaining within the traditions of Islam was open to developments around him and the changing face of the world he lived in. In this respect his collection of writings the "Risala" Are one of the most remarkable set of books written in the 20th Century.
This book the words, is one from the collection. One thing I have immediately noticed is its not a book that can be read in a conventional sense (i.e. from front to back) But rather one to be referred to or even read by chapter. The number of subjects covered is huge. Religion, prophets, the saints, prayer, science. Said Nursi clearly sees education in particular in the field of science as one of great importance and sees lack of education and religious practice as the two main shortcomings in the Muslim world. This is no small book, it contains 718 pages. Its a large hardback book beautifully presented to last years.
This is an excellent book and I look forward to reading other sections of the Risala.