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Sufism and Taoism: A Comparative Study of Key Philosophical Concepts Hardcover – 1 Jul 1992


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Toshihiko Izutsu is Professor Emeritus at Keio University of Japan. A world authority on Islamic thought, he taught for ten years in Iran and has been active in promoting transcultural dialogue in philosophy.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A practical help 28 Dec 2004
By R. Morici - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book for those who are looking for historical background and structure for their experiences of, as Al-Qudat Hamadani calls it, the "domain of the supra-sensible order of things." Exploring both Sufism and Taoism, Izutsu reveals his qualifications of scholarship, language, and personal experience. Although there is repetition, one realizes before long that this is his way of emphasizing certain aspects and making sure their importance has been registered, much like a good teacher would.

Of particular value is his extensive explanation of dual and non-dual thinking found in Toward a Philosophy of Zen Buddhism and Creation and the Timeless Order of Things. For this reason I would recommend reading those books first. His explanation of what happens when a person experiences the "existential transition to an entirely different plane of consciousness from that of sensation and rational thinking", is a very useful and convincing analysis.

His work toward developing a comprehensive philosophy originating in the "school of the unity of existence" provides the reader with much help with their own understanding of this domain. I would recommend his books to anyone of any religion who views existence with the utmost seriousness.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A step towards meta-historical dialogue 5 Jun 1999
By "aspiringsufi" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An excellent comparative analysis of the ideas of Ibn Arabi and Lao Tzu. Izutsu very clearly and sytematically presents the underlying metaphysical concepts which serve as the substrate for IA's and LT's respective world-views. Relying on Qashani, a classical Ibn Arabi interpretor, to expound IA's otherwise elliptical and obscure theosophy, the author suceeds in simplifying IA's difficult and mind-boggling ontology which has riddled Muslim scholars for centuries. By bringing to light the profound similarites between IA's and LT's doctrines, some interesting questions are raised which probably can't be answered exclusively by historical scholarship.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
well worth the price 2 Jun 2007
By Taeguk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
An invaluable resource for Sufis, Daoists, and anybody interested in mysticism and philosophy. Well written and profound.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fast, reasonable, texts 4 Mar 2013
By J. Kloss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I needed the book for a Princeton class and got it quickly and reasonably. It arrived just as it was described.
6 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A good book to read 16 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a good book in comparing Moslem mysticism with that of Taoism. The author seem to have a good understanding of the topic. After reading some other popular book showing a kinship between modern physics and eastern philosophies by some over excited writers, one has to be careful drawing too much conclusions on these type of comparative studies even if it is done by a skillful writer.
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