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El corazón del Islam

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One of the most respected experts on Islamic history offers an intelligent vision of the spiritual nucleus and social values of Islam: peace, compassion, social justice, and respect for others. Studying these values of Islam from both traditional and historical sources, this exploration shows the similarities between Islam and the Jewish and Christian religions, emphasizin...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Editorial Kairos (first published 2001)
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In the introduction the author states this book was “written with express purpose of explaining certain basic aspects of Islam and widely discussed issues in a manner acceptable to mainstream Islamic thought and comprehensible to the general western public.” He does an excellent job in achieving his purpose. In some respects the work is similar to Khaled Abou El Fadl’s excellent book, "The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists." Both have injected history into their discourse and both...more
This is a very clear insightful look at Islam. There are sections that feel a bit like they repeat themselves, but for the most part it reads very well. I don't think I would recommend this one as a good introduction to Islam simply because it delves into so many things that it might be a bit much for a first blush into the religion. But if you are already familiar and you want to learn more this is a very good book.
Nasr's book may have a lot to offer for someone who knows almost nothing about Islam.He tries to give a simple clear-cut picture of Islam to fight off ingrained prejudice which is imprinted on individuals,inculcated in the bosom of some Western societies which are swayed by the mainstream media.But if you are an educated person who actually knows something about Islam, the book does not have much to offer you. What's more if you are a Muslim, the book has nothing to offer. That's why I regret pa...more
In this book, 'The Heart of Islam', Seyyed Hossein Nasr has eloquently written on the fundamentals and the framework of Islam. Although the book covers only the core tenets of Islam, Nasr has managed to touch upon wide range of topics from Jurisprudence to Human rights.

I find it well written and much more nuanced than any other introductory book on this subject. In today's world where Islam and it's followers are maligned, demonised and vilified quite commonly, this book will help us understand...more
Joseph Lumbard
Time and again I have found this to be one of the best books for introducing people to Islam in a way that will help them actually understand it. Although it is not as systematic as his "Ideals and Realities of Islam," it nonetheless has a far more approachable tone and deals more directly with issues that are of immediate concern to the modern reader.
i heart dr. this excellent read for both muslims and nonmuslims alike...
Aaminah Shakur
One of the most valuable books to understanding Islam.
Reading this book with my liberal Episcopal friends (we meet monthly). I love the basic ideas of Islaam explained with quotes from the Koran and commentaries - including Rumi.
This is a fantastic induction into the heart -the ideal- of Islam. the author is an intelligent, and passionate, teacher who describes with great skill. The subject comes across as extremely close to his own heart, yet he navigates the narrow ledge that is the exploration of one religion to an outsider audience, who will inevitably sometimes follow a different religion, without much of the tension often present in such comparisons. I would highly recommend it.
A book that should be read by not only Muslims, but all believers, who have the same core values that can bring back a more cohesive society - which is sorely needed in these dark times of hate and ignorance. For those that need insight into the actual beliefs and values off Islam, not those shown in the media our by extremists, this work will give you the clearest insight into the faith and it's core expectations from its practitioners.
Ahmad Aldabbagh
In this book Dr. Nasr has given readers an introduction into Islam for both non Muslims and Muslims who wish to fully understand their religion from the majority moderate perspective. The explanation of the Sunni and Shia divide is most insightful and a stand point very different to most authors yet subconsciously shared by most Muslims. A must read as an introduction to both the faith and the author.
Mustamin Al-mandary
Versi bahasa Indonesia, terbitan Mizan.

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Buku ini sudah diterjemahkan ke dalam bahasa Indonesia, diterbitkan oleh Mizan. Sebagaimana buku2 Nasr yang lain, buku ini kembali mendedah nilai2 kemanusiaan di dalam Islam. Ini mungkin menjadi penekanan Nasr ketika Islam menjadi agama yang ditakuti karena tidak dikenal.
An excellent, thorough treatise on traditional Islam, suited best for someone who is unfamiliar with the religion or related culture(s); far from a post-9/11 apologist, Nasr asserts the moral grounding of Islam and contrasts with the life pressed upon by Western modernity.
Nasr presents a very intimate and appealing vision of the meaning of Islam. It covers all the basics of the religion, but also gives fantastic insight into what one Muslim scholar finds most compelling in its message. Not at all preachy, though.
The book does an excellent job of explaining Islam as it is understood by its followers. It reads well, speaks on relevant issues, and is an overall great reference book on all aspects of Islam.
While I believe Nasr is highly idealistic, this is a beautiful introduction to what I believe Islam is *supposed* to be, even if it is does not always manifest this way.
Keith Lane
Nasr may be the best voice mediating between the west and Islamic thought. He knows both traditions well and can open up understanding.
Jan 21, 2010 Katie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Katie by: Sallama Shaker
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An apologist book on Islam. Will most likely not need to reference it for anything, nor am I interested in rereading it.
A good book about how Islam appreciates art and culture so deeply. His description on how mysticism is related to it was awsome.
Loved it. Not the Islam you hear about in mainstream American discourse.
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Excellent, from an excellent scholar!
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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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