Traditional Islam in the Modern World by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Traditional Islam in the Modern World by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Traditional Islam in the Modern World by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

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The foremost authority on Islam, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, discusses today’s hot button issues — including holy wars, women’s rights, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, and the future of Muslims in the Middle East — in this groundbreaking discussion of the fastest growing religion in the world. Nasr brings incomparable insight to this exploration of Muslim issues and realities, delivering a landmark publication promoting cross-cultural awareness and world peace. As Muslims grow in numbers, and as Islam’s role in world affairs becomes larger, we’ve begun to see the breakdown of unity among believers. The misunderstandings and friction between Islamic civilization and the modern West continue and Islam also seems to be at war with itself. Islam in the Modern World describes and defends traditional Islam against all critics — without and within the faith. This book deals with the hot-button issues of concern to the West: holy wars — women’s roles in Islam — the rise of fundamentalism — the future of Shi`ism in Iran. Additionally, the author explores lesser-known controversies within Islam, such as the challenge of modern science to religious belief, controversial art and architecture in Islamic cities, the role of the Madrassas in education, and urban conditions and challenges in the Islamic world. Islam in the Modern World offers an inside look at this increasingly factious religion with increasing global relevance.


AUTHOR: Seyyed Hossein Nasr
BINDING: Hardback
PAGES: 303
PUBLISHER: Suhail Academy
CATEGORIES: Original Works, Sufism - Doctrines and Practice


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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