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Ideals and Realities of Islam

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This text seeks to answer criticism brought against Islam by presenting the point of view of Islam. The author outlines the essential aspects of the Islamic belief. Drawing on the Qur'an, the hadith and the works of some contemporary Western scholars, he presents the Islamic spiritual and intellectual tradition in the light of contemporary modern thought.
Paperback, 215 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Islamic Texts Society (first published 1965)
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"The sacred/profane dichotomy may be required as an expedient in times and places, but it can never, from the religious point of view, be considered as normative...". Understanding this sentence is key to not only understanding this book, but to understanding Islam as a faith tradition. Nasr is heavily inspired in this work by Frithjof Schuon's "Understanding Islam", which is heavier on the metaphysical. Nasr is not attempting to write an apologetic for Islam (nor is Schuon), rather he is trying ...more
Ahmad Ardy
Dec 08, 2014 Ahmad Ardy rated it it was amazing
Its a suprisingly good book

Gaya penulisan Prof sayyed hossein nasr sedikit berlainan dgn buku2 sebelum ini yg aku baca. Penulisan yg aku dapati dlm buku "ideas and realities in islam" ini bukan sangat encyclopaedic, tetapi sebaliknya lebih kepada discursive, di mana setiap poin disyarah dengan padat.

Apa yg disentuh dalam buku ini adalah asas2 Islam: Islam, Tawhid, Quran, Nabi, syariat.

Nampak tajuk2 yg biasa, tetapi usai bacaan korang akan sedar byk sebenarnya input2 yg telah diperolehi dari buk
Erik Graff
Jun 01, 2015 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: Harold Kasimov
Shelves: religion
I graduated with the first group of Religious Studies majors from Grinnell College. A new department with only three full-time professors--Howard Burkle, Dennis Haas and Harold Kasimow--there was concern about rigor and more attention was paid us than students in other departments. In addition to requiring a substantial thesis, we also had to enroll in RELST 431, a Senior Seminar attended by all graduating seniors as well as by all full and part-time instructors. In addition to the senior facult ...more
Adil Tobaa
Feb 14, 2013 Adil Tobaa rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Adil by: Br. Daoud
This book presents Islam in a way that reveals intricacies and nuances that are overlooked even in most religious settings. In fact, the author's comparisons with Christianity (namely) has changed my perspective on how I view religions in general. This book is not philosophical, in the modern sense, though it is academic. I would recommend this book to any religious believers, or to spiritually inclined agnostics.

Also, a great annotated bibliography is found at the end to help find other source
Nazmul Hasan
Dec 14, 2015 Nazmul Hasan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Title should be corrected to "Ideals and Realities of Perennialism".
Certain chapters of the book, particularly the chapters on the Quran, the Prophet(saw) and the Shariah are eloquently delivered.
The discussion on the Tariqa was equally fascinating. However, the rest of the book poses no particular interest to an orthodox
Sunni Muslim.
Vildan Arıcan
Oct 07, 2010 Vildan Arıcan rated it it was amazing
not finished yet but such a masterpiece that every eng-user should read it either as to strengten their religion or to get rid of their prejudieces against islam....
Nov 01, 2008 Alisha is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
A great introduction to understanding the principles/fundamentals of Islam. It's great for second and third reads too.
Apr 23, 2009 Umnia rated it it was amazing
Changed the course of my life.
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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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