By Seyyed Hossein Nasr
This can be the 1st of only a few English books to regard Islam from its personal standpoint, from in the culture. it really is written for the Western reader attracted to Islam, and in addition for the Western-educated Muslim. the following, the writer seeks to respond to from the Islamic perspective, a few of the criticisms introduced opposed to the Islamic culture via the fashionable West. This ebook explains, in modern language, the truths of Islam as published within the Quran, and as by way of generations of religious Muslims. the key facets of the Islamic culture are mentioned intimately, when the conventional Islamic doctrines and ideology are defined based on criticisms of contemporary suggestion, with common comparisons to different international religions. This revised version of Seyyed Hossein Nasr's seminal paintings contains an up-to-date, vast, annotated bibliography for every bankruptcy by means of either Muslim and Western students as welll as a Preface through Titus Burckhardt and a Foreword by means of Huston Smith. This classical ebook has been rendered into a number of languages together with Indonesian, translated by means of the current President of Indonesia.
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He turned to seek a messenger elsewhere And in the Book of Fate my name was writ. 1 :l11 11' The very grandeur of the human condition is precisely in that he has both the possibility of reaching a state "higher than that of the angels" and at the same time of denving God. Being given the possibility of being "God-like" through the acceptance of the "trust of faith," man can also play the role of a little deity and deny God as such. Therein lies both the grandeur and seriousness of the human condition.
In the confrontation of man and God, Islam does not emphasize the descent or incarnation or manifestation of the Absolute, nor the fallen, imperfect and sinful nature of man. Rather, it considers man as he is in his essential nature and God as He is in His absolute Reality. The Islamic perspective is based upon the consideration of the Divine Being as He is in Himself not as He is incarnated in history. " Likewise, Islam considers man not as what he has become after that very significant event which Christianity calls original sin and "fall" but as man is in his primordial nature, in his fitrah, a nature which he bears deep down within his soul.
Means of successive revelations, renew the religious and spiritual life of man. The Islamic conception of history is ~one of a series of cycles of prophecy, each cycle followed by a gradual decay leading to a new cycle or phase. As Adam was the first man and prophet at the beginning of man's terrestrial history, so does Abraham represent the reassertion of this role for the Semitic people. He symbolizes the unity of that Tradition from which Judaism, Christianity Jmd Islam, the members of the "Abrahamic community," issued f()rth.
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