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Religion, History, and Civilization
Paperback Book
December, 2002
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Banyen's Description: 

Alas, much of the non-Muslim world knows close to nothing about what actually inspires and motivates Muslims, who number about 1.2 billion. Now an informative and clear introduction to the history, beliefs, and practice of his faith has been written by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, the world’s leading Islamicist, who teaches Islamic studies at George Washington University.

In Islam Nasr discusses, with careful depth, the Islamic world; the foundations of Islam; the doctrines and beliefs of Islam; Islamic practices and institutions; the history of Islam;  diverse schools of Islamic thought; Islam in the contemporary world; Islam and other religions: and the spiritual and religious significance of Islam.

The present work is written from within the Islamic perspective and from the traditional point of view, from the perspective of the sacred and universal teachings of Islam as they were revealed and later transmitted over the ages. This point of view stands opposed to both modernism and its complement, so-called fundamentalism, and speaks from the view of those Muslims who have remained faithful to their sacred traditions despite the onslaught of the secularizing forces that have invaded the Islamic world during the past two centuries and reactions to those forces in the form of narrow “fundamentalism” or extremism of one kind or another.

“At a time when Islam is frequently misunderstood and often maligned, this sensitive, insightful and beautifully written book comes as a ray of sunshine. It will dispel any misconception that a few misguided activists speak for the whole of the faith, and give a new appreciation for the depth and richness that Islam brings to the world’s multicultural civilization.” —Mark Juergensmeyer, author of Terror in the Mind of God

Among Seyyed Hossein Nasr’s other books are The Heart of Islam and Islamic Art and Spirituality.



Publisher’s Description: 

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


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