Sufi Essays

ISBN-10: 1871031419

ISBN-13: 9781871031416

Edition: 3rd 1999

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Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Abjad Book Designers & Builders
Binding: Paperback
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Born in Tehran, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, the son of an educator, received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1958, after which he returned to Iran to teach and eventually to become a university chancellor. He was compelled to leave his native country after the revolution of 1979 and since then has taught in universities in the United States. Deeply influenced by the mystical Sufi tradition, Nasr is less concerned with reconciling the faith with modernism and is more concerned with presenting a traditionalist, though mystical, interpretation of religion that offers a way out of the contradictions of modernity. Through authentic spiritual experience, Nasr holds, one can penetrate the superficiality of modern scientific and other knowledge to find eternal truth. He is associated with the neotraditionalist school of philosophy. Undoubtedly, Nasr has had more general influence in the Western philosophical world than any other contemporary philosopher in the Islamic tradition.

Introductionp. 11
Sufism and the Perennity of the Mystical Questp. 25
Sufism, and the Integration of Manp. 43
Revelation, Intellect and Reason in the Quranp. 52
The Sufi Master as Exemplified in Persian Sufi Literaturep. 57
The Spiritual States in Sufismp. 68
Man in the Universe: Permanence Amidst Apparent Changep. 84
Seventh-century Sufism and the School of Ibn 'Arabip. 97
Shi'ism and Sufism: their Relationship in Essence and in Historyp. 104
Islam and the Encounter of Religionsp. 123
The Ecological Problem in the Light of Sufism: The Conquest of Nature and the Teachings of Eastern Sciencep. 152
What Does Islam Have to Offer to the Modern World?p. 164
From Poem to Narrative in Sufismp. 171
Indexp. 191
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