Ideals and Realities of Islam

 
9780042970349: Ideals and Realities of Islam

A revised and updated edition of the best-selling introduction to Islam written by one of the foremost scholars in the field. 'Ideals and Realities of Islam' seeks to answer criticism brought against Islam by presenting the point of view of Islam. In six chapters dealing with the universal and the particular aspects of Islam, the Qur'an, the Prophet and the Prophetic tradition, the 'Shari'a', Sufism, and Shi'ism, Seyyed Hossein Nasr outlines the essential aspects of the Islamic beliefs, making frequent references to other religions in general and Christianity in particular. Drawing mainly on the Qur'an and the 'hadith', but also on the works of some contemporary Western scholars, the author presents the Islamic spiritual and intellectual tradition in the light of contemporary modern thought. This edition includes a new introduction by the author and an updated annotated bibliography.

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'Seyyed Hossein Nasr dominates his subject ... he unites in his person an Islamic structure which encompassed two points of view: that of religious law and contemplation, and a supreme knowledge of modern scientific methods.' From the Preface by Titus Burckhardt.

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In a time of increased yet mainly critical interest in Islam this book, which was written by one of the world's leading scholars of Islamic culture, addresses interested Western readers as well as Muslims who have received a Western education.

While the book is an attempt to give a contemporary answer to the critics of Islam, it is also firmly grounded in the Muslim tradition and it seeks to convey the truth of Islam as revealed in the Qu'ran and followed by generations of devoted Muslims.

'It is to be hoped that this admirable book will have the wide reading it deserves, in the East as well as the West.'
ISLAMIC QUARTERLY

'A unique and simple book within the tradition. It certainly merits attentive reading and digestion.'
WORLD FAITHS

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