Common Ground Between Islam and Buddhism by Reza Shah Kazemi
Spiritual and Ethical Affinities

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Forging a interfaith dialog between traditions that typically stand at odds, this groundbreaking book explores the scriptural and spiritual tenets of Islam and Buddhism in relation to one another, creating a basis for comparison and analysis of the two traditions. Written by eminent scholars, this discussion juxtaposes foundational principles and practices by linking underlining principles and fostering a mutual appreciation between followers of both religions. This interfaith volume discusses metaphysical traditions and philosophical studies born of Islam and Buddhism, places them in context with each other, thus encouraging understanding, and providing a point of reference for continued learning and cooperation. Forging an interfaith dialog between traditions that typically stand at odds, this groundbreaking book explores the scriptural and spiritual tenets of Islam and Buddhism in relation to one another, creating a basis for comparison and analysis of the two traditions. The discussion juxtaposes foundational principles and practices by linking underlying principles and fostering a mutual appreciation between followers of both religions. This interfaith initiative focuses upon metaphysical and ethical aspects of Islam and Buddhism, placing them in context with each other, thus encouraging understanding, and providing a point of reference for continuing and deepening reciprocal respect and collaboration. In their respective introductions to this book, H.H. the Dalai Lama states that the book helps demonstrate that Islam is indeed a 'path of salvation'; while leading Islamic scholar of jurisprudence, Prof Mohammad Hashim Kamali, asserts that on the basis of this book one can argue that Buddhism is an authentic 'deen' or religion.
 

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Reza Shah Kazemi is the author of a number of works on comparative religion and Islamic spirituality, including Paths to Transcendence: According to Shankara, Ibn Arabi & Meister Eckhart. Hamza Yusuf Hanson is a lecturer and the founder of the Zaytuna Institute. He lives in Berkeley, California. H. H. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibet and the head of the Tibetan government-in-exile. He is the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent struggle for Tibet's liberation. H. R. H. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad is a personal envoy and special adviser to H. M. King Abdullah II of Jordan. Professor Dr. Hashim Kamali is a law professor at the International University of Malaysia and the author of Islamic Commercial Law: An Analysis of Futures and Options.
 
Published May 1, 2010 by Fons Vitae. 174 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Kazemi, an academic fellow to the Jordanian Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, authors this book, which compares Islamic values and practices with the teachings of the Buddha and Buddhis

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