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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 January 1st 1385)
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Mohammed Irfan
بەڕاستی کتێبێک بوو، لە ئاستنزمییا شۆکی کردم.
خاوەنەکانی پرۆژەی ترادیشناڵ هێندەی مەدحی ئەم کتێبە و نووسەرەکەیان کرد، تا وا تێمانیان گەیاند قووڵترین تێکستی سەردەمە.
شەشسەد لاپەڕە بوو، سێ ڕستەی بەسوود و قووڵی تیانەبوو.
Hamidur Rahman
Jun 16, 2016 Hamidur Rahman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, islam
This book aims to educate the general Western public about the "authentic Islam," but at times I wondered whether the author had remembered this objective. Some of the chapters were esoteric and some delved deep into the very basic tenets of Islam. Some, on the other hand, were used to make snarky remarks about "secularism" and the West.

Throughout the book, the author kept repeating that Islamic extremism was mainly caused by Western imperialism. This is a common apologetic claim by jihadist sym
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Bruce
Mar 04, 2009 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aziza Aouhassi
Aug 15, 2015 Aziza Aouhassi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book gives insights about many facts related to the history, the geography, the demography, the pillars of Islam / Islamic world. It is explained well for those who wish to learn about Islam and those Muslims who aim to review it and think about what it seems obvious and well known.
I think it's worth reading
Shutterbug_iconium
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
Gwen
May 30, 2011 Gwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Essam Qais
Jun 29, 2016 Essam Qais rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" The heart of Islam is the Islam of the heart"

Modern man lives in a media-saturated society, and media have become a source of knowledge to many people across the globe. Unfortunately, the Western media, especially in the United States, promulgates a plethora of misinformation, myths and even disinformation about Islam. For this reason, Naser's book is an endeavor to provide the Muslim as well as non-Muslim audience with authentic information about Islam as a religion, history and civilization
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Joseph Lumbard
Aug 24, 2012 Joseph Lumbard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Katie
Jan 21, 2010 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Katie by: Sallama Shaker
Shelves: class-readings
An apologist book on Islam. Will most likely not need to reference it for anything, nor am I interested in rereading it.
Oleleho
Jan 18, 2009 Oleleho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book about how Islam appreciates art and culture so deeply. His description on how mysticism is related to it was awsome.
sara
Apr 19, 2007 sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i heart dr. nasr...love this book...an excellent read for both muslims and nonmuslims alike...
Hermione
4 stars. Enlightening, illuminating, and a great review.
Aaminah Shakur
Jan 29, 2012 Aaminah Shakur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most valuable books to understanding Islam.
Andrew
Jul 20, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
Review to come.
Jennie
Jun 14, 2016 Jennie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping for a more in-depth study of the foundations of Islam, and for the most part, this book delivered. There were times when the philosophical stuff got just a little too in-depth for me, but I also expected a little of that. I was somewhat disappointed not to find anything really new in this, and since I don't know everything, it means I'm probably choosing the wrong books. It is a good choice for a tour through Islam in its pure form (without adding humans and politics into the mix).

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Nathik
Sep 23, 2015 Nathik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lucas Johnson
Jan 30, 2016 Lucas Johnson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although Nasr tries to paper over the rough spots of Islam, he lets the cat out of the bag on numerous occasions. He can get very, um ... agitated at times. Among other things he is a fan of blasphemy laws, which destroys his credibility in my eyes. Weirdly, he thinks that textual analysis of the Qur'an is inherently anti-God. Given the contrast between *that* book and his siren song, I wouldn't want anyone reading it that closely if I were him either.
Emily
Mar 17, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Anees
Apr 10, 2014 Anees rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 05, 2013 Ahmad Aldabbagh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Merged review:

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.
Davoud Taghavi
Mar 22, 2015 Davoud Taghavi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It keeps every type of reader(converts, born-muslims and non-muslims) engaged with some unbelievably beautiful commentaries on the inner and universal dimensions of Islam. 'The Heart of Islam' is an eruption from the heart of a realized sage. If you want to know what Islam means for a Sufi, give this book a try.
Makstenieks
Sep 15, 2013 Makstenieks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Marjorie
Jul 28, 2008 Marjorie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
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.
Sana
Aug 23, 2009 Sana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Natasha11
Feb 17, 2013 Natasha11 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Antonia
Watch out for landmines of wrong facts. If you're godless, you're in for a judgment. All in all could be much better, it had a promising start. 2,5/5
Keith Lane
Apr 12, 2012 Keith Lane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nasr may be the best voice mediating between the west and Islamic thought. He knows both traditions well and can open up understanding.
Javier
May 11, 2007 Javier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Not the Islam you hear about in mainstream American discourse.
Amingoo
Sep 27, 2009 Amingoo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the religions will build your life mistery
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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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