Islam in the Modern World : Challenged by the West, Threatened by Fundamentalism, Keeping Faith with Tradition

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2012-01-24
  • Publisher: Harpercollins

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The world's fastest-growing religion is also the most misunderstood in the West. In Islam in the Modern World, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, one of the world's leading experts on Islamic thought, explains why traditional Islam exists in tension with modern Western culture, while at the same time it is also opposed by many currents of Islamic "fundamentalism." Islam in the Modern World offers an inside look at this increasingly factious religion with increasing global relevance. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Seyyed Hossein Nasr is university professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University. Author of over fifty books, Professor Nasr is a well-known and highly respected intellectual figure both in the West and in the Islamic world. Born in Tehran, raised from the age of twelve in the United States, and a graduate of MIT and Harvard University, Nasr is well qualified to explain Islam to a Western audience. He appears frequently on MeetthePress, as well as other national news shows.

Table of Contents

List of Transliterationsp. xiii
Preface to the Revised Editionp. xv
Preface to the Original Editionp. xvii
Prologue: What Is Traditional Islam?p. 1
Contentious Issues Debated in Islamic Circles Today
Islam in the Present-Day Islamic World An Overviewp. 17
Jihad Its Spiritual Significancep. 42
Islamic Work Ethicsp. 50
The Male and the Female in the Islamic Perspective Remembering Certain Basic Principlesp. 62
Traditional Twelve-Imam Shi'ism and the Reality of Sht'ism Todayp. 73
Traditional Islam and Modernism
Islamic Spirituality
Reflections on Conditions Today and Prospects for Tomorrowp. 89
"Development" in the Contemporary Islamic Worldp. 119
Tensions Between Tradition, Modernism, and "Fundamentalism"
Islamic Education, Philosophy, and Science A Survey in Light of Present-Day Challengesp. 129
Islamic Philosophers' Views on Educationp. 149
Philosophy and Science
Teaching Philosophy in Light of the Islamic Educational Ethosp. 165
Traditional Islamic Science and Western Science Common Heritage, Diverse Destiniesp. 188
Art and Architecture
Islamic Art and Its Spiritual Significance in the Contemporary Worldp. 205
The Architectural Transformation of the Urban Environment in the Islamic Worldp. 227
The Principles of Islamic Architecture and Urban Design, and Contemporary Urban Problemsp. 242
The Islamic World Present Tendencies and Future Trendsp. 259
The Traditional Texts Used in the Persian Madrasahs and the Question of the Revival of Traditional Islamic Educationp. 283
Philosophy in the Present-Day Islamic Worldp. 298
Western Interpreters of the Islamic Tradition Academic Scholarsp. 323
In Commemoration of Louis Massignon: Catholic Scholar, Islamicist, and Mysticp. 325
Henry Corbin: The Life and Works of the Occidental Exile in Quest of the Orient of Lightp. 343
Islam and Some of the Major Western Traditionalistsp. 361
René Guénon and His Influence in the Islamic Worldp. 362
Frithjof Schuon and the Islamic Traditionp. 376
With Titus Burckhardt at the Tomb of Muhyi al-Din ibn 'Arabip. 390
Martin Lings and His Islamic Legacyp. 395
Creditsp. 403
Notesp. 405
Indexp. 455
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