Ideals and Realities of Islam
Ideals and Realities of Islam
Ideals and Realities of Islam
Ideals and Realities of Islam

Ideals and Realities of Islam

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It is a unique and simple book within the tradition. There are very few English books which treat Islam from its own point of view, from within the tradition written for the Western reader interested in Islam and also to the Muslim who has received a Western education. The author seeks to answer, from the Muslim standpoint, many of the criticisms brought against the Islamic tradition by Western Orientalists. The book’s content is the truth of Islam as revealed in the Qur’an as followed by generatiqps of devoted Muslims, but its language is contemporary. It is easy to read, but there is no simplification and it is altogether reliable. In this book the Western reader, who knows little or nothing about Islam and who wishes to learn, will find just what he needs.

“It is to be hoped that this admirable book will have the wide reading it deserves, in the East as well as in the West.” – Islamic Quarterly

“A unique and simple book within the tradition. It certainly merits attentive reading and digestion.” – World Faith


AUTHOR: Seyyed Hossein Nasr
BINDING: Hardback
PAGES: 196
PUBLISHER: Suhail Academy
CATEGORIES: Original Works, Religion – Doctrines, Practices, History, Contemporary Relevance


Seyyed Hossein Nasr was born in Tehran, where he received his early education. He studied in the West and gained his BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MA and PhD from Harvard University, where he studied the History of Science and Learning with special concentration on Islamic science and philosophy. In 1958, he returned to Iran to teach at Tehran University, where he was Professor of the History of Science and Philosophy. In 1962 he was visiting lecturer at Harvard University, and he taught there during the summer of 1965. During 1964-65, he was the first holder of the Agha Khan Chair of Islamic Studies at the American University of Beirut. He also served as Vice Chancellor of Tehran University and Chancellor of the Arya-Mehr University of Technology in Iran. He was the founder and first President of the Iranian Academy of Philosophy and is presently University Professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University, Washington D. C. and President of the Foundation for Traditional Studies. Professor Nasr has lectured in America, Europe, the Middle East, Pakistan, India, Japan, and Australia and was the first Muslim Scholar to deliver the Gifford Lectures. He is the author of over twenty-five books and five hundred articles in Persian, English, Arabic and French. His works have appeared in more than ten languages. His important contribution is three generations of scholars he has trained in the course of his fifty-year scholarly career in Iran and the West.

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