ISBN 9780062312907,The Heart Of Islam

The Heart Of Islam


Harper Collins



Harper Collins

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9780062312907

ISBN-10 0062312901


Language (English)

Regional & Ethnic

About the book: The Heart of Islam Now in a new paperback edition, the world's leading Islamicist and foremost Muslim expert on the West offers a timely expression of the core spiritual and social values of Islam, showing their complementarity to Jewish and Christian values, as well as their positive contribution to a peaceful and humane global future. As the specter of religious extremism has become a fact of life today, the temptation is great to allow the evil actions and perspectives of a minority to stand for the values of an entire tradition. In the case of Islam, there has been much recent confusion in the Western world centered on distorted portrayals of its core values. Born of ignorance, such confusion feeds the very problem at hand. What is needed is a clear exposition of the true values of Islam by someone steeped in the peaceful and humane center of the tradition, who is also fluent in the ways of the West. Seyyed Hossein Nasr offers a timely presentation of the core spiritual and social values of Islam, such as peace, compassion, social justice, tolerance, and the like. Each chapter shows the roots of these values in Islamic scripture, teaching, and tradition, and shows parallels with their counterparts in Jewish and Christian traditions. Nasr calls the followers of the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) to a new future of mutual respect and common global purpose, as he portrays the beauty and appeal of the heart of the faith of 1.2 billion people. About the Author: Seyyed Hossein Nasr Seyyed Hossein Nasr was born in Tehran, Iran in 1933. He received his advanced education at M.I.T. and Harvard University, returning to teach at Tehran University from 1958-1979, where he also served as Dean of the Faculty of Letters and Vice Chancellor. He founded the Iranian Academy of Philosophy and served as its first president, and was also for several years president of Aryamehr University. Since 1984, he has been University Professor of