The Nursi Arabs in Turkey and the Diaspora Religious Transformations: From Tariqi Islam to Social Islam (Waqf al-Khayrat Endowment 2011-2021)


  • محمد السبتي جامعة الزيتونة & جامعة تونس


Nursi Arabs, Waqf al-Khayrat, Tariqa Islam, Social Islam


This memorandum was submitted by the author of these pages to obtain a master's degree from the Department of Sociology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Tunis, under the supervision of Dr. Adel Belkahh and discuss d. Hajar Al-Jandoubi and the presidency of Dr. Abdel Wahhab Al-Sharni. The discussion took place on January 17, 2023, and the researcher was assigned a very good grade. The research aimed to monitor religious mutations at the level of representations and behaviours of religion among Arab immigrants of Sufi tariqa affiliation in the Republic of Turkey, as they are descendants of partially secularized Arab societies in which religious institutions did not witness a break with state institutions. To some extent, the regimes encourage the promotion of “Tariqi Islam,” which has a quiescent nature. It is a pattern of religiosity in which individuals engage to achieve their spiritual peace and social solidarity without clashing with the state and its agencies, which we considered according to the descriptive model adopted by Asef Bayat, “no social movement.” The Arab immigrant, then, will move to a Turkish society I want him to be fully educated, so he witnessed a break with the religious background and exclude it from all aspects of official social action, which will necessitate the conservative segments in it, of which we have studied one of its models, and by that we mean the Nursi movement concerning the Turkish-Kurdish religious scholar Saeed Nursi, to develop their plans to confront the secular state project without practising violence or engaging in life partisan direct. Thus, it will be a unique model of religious social movements that penetrate the economy, media and education, which is what we call "social Islam", as it is one of the aspects of "social movements" that Alain Touraine took care of defining its pillars and conditions, as the Arab immigrant laden with traditional religious perceptions will witness a structural transition and a transformation at the level of practice Religious towards a dynamic and structured “message” religiosity, one of the Norse groups will be the “Waqf al-Khayrat” his space.


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السبتي M. (2023). The Nursi Arabs in Turkey and the Diaspora Religious Transformations: From Tariqi Islam to Social Islam (Waqf al-Khayrat Endowment 2011-2021). The Journal of Risale-I Nur Studies, 6(2), 37–57. Retrieved from