Islam by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Religion, History, and Civilization

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The world's leading Islamicist offers a concise introduction to this rich and diverse tradition of 1.2 billion adherents.

In this informative and clear introduction to the world of Islam, Seyyed Hossein Nasr explores the following topics in depth:

•What Is Islam?

•The Doctrines and Beliefs of Islam

•Islamic Practices and Institutions

•The History of Islam

•Schools of Islamic Thought

•Islam in the Contemporary World

•Islam and Other Religions

•The Spiritual and Religious Significance of Islam

 

About Seyyed Hossein Nasr

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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.
 
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 228 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Nasr begins by identifying what all observant Muslims believe in common, the foundations of the ummah, or community, of Islam: that “There is no god but God,” that “Muhammad is the messenger of God,” that “the Quran is the verbatim revelation of God.” Beyond that, however, lies much local and cul...

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Publishers Weekly

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Nasr, a professor at George Washington University and a living legend in Islamic studies, was commissioned by Harper San Francisco to write this book after the attacks of September 11.

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Nasr, a professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University, is probably America's leading Islamicist, and he lives up to his reputation with this short yet comprehensive primer on Islam.

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The New York Review of Books

It also includes mainstream Islamist political parties such as Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, or the Islamist “Reform” parties of Morocco, Algeria, and Yemen.

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The New York Review of Books

Theological differences—about God, the Virgin, the Real Presence, the divine mission of Muhammad, the docetic Christology of the Quran (according to which Jesus was not crucified), the inheritance of Ali ibn abi Talib, or the martyrdom of the Imam Hussein—are not the real reasons that people indu...

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Spirituality & Practice

In the first section of the book, Nasr takes a hard look at the basics of the Islamic tradition with material on the spiritual significance of jihad, the Islamic work ethic, male and female in the Islamic perspective, and the reality of Shi'ism today.

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Spirituality & Practice

In "Human Responsibilities and Human Rights" Nasr focuses on a variety of topics including freedom of religion and Islam's goal of serving "as the middle people to the creation of harmony between religions, peoples and civilizations the world over."

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Project MUSE

and in his book Islam: Religion, History, and Civilization he aims to survey the masterpiece that is Islam.

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Campus Watch

Historian Tom Holland tried to get to the truth about the birth of Islam, but was his quest was hampered by a surfeit of religious sensitivity?

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