One of the Nursi movement leaders passed away
Mehmet Kirkinci, one of the most well-known followers of Said Nursi’s teaching (recognised to be extremist in Russia), died last week in Turkey.
The student of Said Nursi died in the hospital of Erzurum town. He was urgently taken to hospital because of the water concentration in his lungs and pericardia. The scholar went through medical treatments in a few Istanbul hospitals last year. The president of the country Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the prime-minister Ahmet Davutoglu visited Mehmet Kirkinci a month ago. The scholar was buried on Friday, February 26th in Erzurum.
Said Nursi’s teaching is mostly spread in Turkey and some other countries all over the world. One of the most active branches of the teaching is the Fethullah Gulen school. Until recently, Gulen ideology used to be promoted in Russia. Gulen movement was recognised extremist in 2008 by the Russian Supreme Court. Dozens of Said Nursi’s works are on the federal list of the extremist materials.
There are two points of view with regard to the followers and ideology of Said Nursi. Some specialists consider the movement to be extremist. They believe that it promotes ideas of pan-Islamism and Pan-Turkism which can destabilise the situation in Muslim regions of Russia.
However, other experts and statesmen do not agree with this point of view. In 2009, Vladimir Lukin, human-rights ombudsman, sent a special letter to the Koptevskiy district court of Moscow in which he asked to take into an account the fact that the nature of Nursi’s movement materials are only instructive and religious. So, the movement ideology is still under discussion.