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Knowledge and the Sacred

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This book is the published version of a lecture given in 1981 in the series "Gifford Lectures" at the University of Edinburgh since 1889.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 3rd 1989 by State University of New York Press (first published 1981)
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Oct 29, 2014 صفية rated it really liked it
Recommended to صفية by: Dr.Hassan Radoine
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This is my first SHN book, and frankly I was surprised at the perspicacity of his analysis and interpretations of different doctrines and theories, from Suhraurdi to Plato... As did Guénon in a more revolutionary manner, Dr.Nasr describes how the "Moderns" separated the Logos from God, and consequently hid the sacred knowledge.. He then tackles the Definition of Tradition which is one of the most comprehensive definitions I've ever read so far, " it contains the sense of truth which is both of d ...more
Jul 10, 2010 Amirali rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
چه لازم است به زاهد بهزور می دادن// بهخاک تیره مریزید آبروی شراب ...more
Marc Manley
May 23, 2008 Marc Manley rated it really liked it
How did we get from there to here? From a green planet to a dying one? From sacred to sarcasm. Nasr provides a very clear and erudite analysis of modern thought, dismantling it so that we may have hopes of putting the pieces of the puzzle back together for ourselves and for the sake of the rest of the biosphere. Modern philosophical thoughts and their detriments are examined concisely but thoroughly. A must read for anyone who wishes to begin to understand what's really wrong at the heart of Mod ...more
Mohammad Ali
Sep 19, 2010 Mohammad Ali rated it liked it
Shelves: touching-books
very differemt, some fantastic insights about the limitations of purely rational knowledge. However, the book was unbearably verbose at times.
Zoha Fard
Sep 25, 2014 Zoha Fard rated it it was amazing
This book Redefines reality, better to say it defines reality in its correct terms.

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May 01, 2016 Kianosh Kalantari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مروري بر كتاب
شناخت و نقد انديشه هاي سنت گرايانه بوسيله گفتمانهاي فكري ايران معاصر.

در اين كتاب مجموعه آرا و انديشههاي حسين نصر ( 1312ـ) ذيل عنوان "معرفت و امر قدسي "به چاپ رسيده است .در بخشي از كتاب آمده است" :نقد تفكر فلسفي معاصر در غرب بر بنياد آموزههاي سنت گرايانه يكي از اصليترين دغدغههاي "نصر "است .
او ميكوشد نشان دهد كه تمدن غربي در چند قرن اخير نه تنها زندگي موفقي نداشته، بلكه به واپس گراييده است .ثمرات و نتايج اين تمدن بسيار مخرب و ويرانگر است، به ويژه تكنولوژي بحرانهاي متعددي را در كره زم
Quan Rjpt
Mar 13, 2016 Quan Rjpt rated it it was amazing
Amazing to say the least. Dr. Nasr's monumental work is as relevant today as it was when he delivered his noteworthy Gifford Lecture from which the book is made. I had been struggling to understand a few concepts and ideas that Dr. Nasr presented in terms the language. It seemed at times I would make sense of one paragraph then a few more down the line I was lost. This was because of my background mainly. However, it was suggested by a good friend to read the first chapter again when confused. A ...more
May 07, 2008 Theodora rated it liked it
I've already read this book and I though it was pretty good. The problem was that I read it over a year ago for a class I was taking at the time and I don't think I fully absorbed it. Nasr's work deserves the reader's full attention so I intende to pick this one back up soon.
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I started reading this book from the middle to the start! Will upadate.
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Seyyed Hossein Nasr was born on April 7, 1933 (19 Farvadin 1312 A.H. solar) in Tehran into a family of distinguished scholars and physicians. His father, Seyyed Valiallah, a man of great learning and piety, was a physician to the Iranian royal family, as was his father before him. The name "Nasr" which means "victory" was conferred on Professor Nasr's grandfather by the King of Persia. Nasr also c ...more
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“The traditional doctrine of man and not the measurement of skulls and footprints is the key for the understanding of that anthropos who, despite the rebellion of Promethean man against Heaven from the period of Renaissance and its aftermath, is still the inner man of every man, the reality which no human being can deny wherever and whenever he lives, the imprint of a theomorphic nature which no historical change and transformation can erase completely from the face of that creature called man.” 9 likes
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