Muhammad Emin Er

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Muhammad Emin Er (c. 1914[1] – 27 June 2013) was an Islamic scholar trained in the Ottoman tradition and former student of Bediüzzaman Said Nursi. He was born in the Ottoman province of Diyarbakır and his family belonged to a Kurdish tribe called Miran.[2]

Emin Er has published a large number of books in Arabic, focusing on the basic disciplines within Arabic linguistics (such as morphology, syntax, and logic), as well as more advanced disciplines (such as Islamic law, especially in relation to spiritual psychology, or Sufism). He has stated that a major goal of his scholarship is to adapt the traditional religious sciences of Islam to present-day needs and concerns.[3]

Emin Er is known for statements concerning the compatibility of Islamic thought with the teachings of the Judeo-Christian tradition, in particular that the rigorous emulation of the life of Muhammad necessarily leads the believer to the emulation of Jesus and Moses.[4]


  1. ^ His obituary, as well as other sources list his year of birth as 1909
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  3. ^ See biographical introduction to Muhammad Emin Er, The Soul of Islam: Essential Doctrines and Beliefs, Shifâ Publishers, 2008, ISBN 978-0-9815196-0-9
  4. ^ Muhammad Emin Er, Laws of the Heart: A Practical Introduction to the Sufi Path, Shifâ Publishers, 2008, ISBN 978-0-9815196-1-6