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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. (31 Mar. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557785163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557785169
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.3 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,871,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This work is one of the most successful introductions to Islam for a Western audience.' --Sayyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University

'This is a book that every introductory course on Islam should attempt to incorporate into its basic reading.' --William A. Graham, Center for Middle East Studies, Harvard University --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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William C. Chittick is currently Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University and the author of The Sufi Path of Knowledge and The Sufi Path of Love. Sachiko Muratan is a Professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Stony Brook University. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Mar. 1999
Format: Paperback
I think of myself as a Muslim, and I was born, raised and (initially) educated in a Muslim country where Islamic studies is a part of the curriculum -- however, this book provided me with an insight into Islam that I had never come across before. Its beauty lies in its attempt to present Islamic thought and understanding as the Islamic tradition itself has conceived -- the Islamic tradition of the past 14 centuries, and not just of recent theologians. The best aspect of the book is that it tries to present WHAT ISLAMIC CONCEPTS ARE, rather than why they are right (as some Muslims often try to show) or why they are not so right (as some non Muslims try to show). And it presents the concepts in a way that is comprehensible to the modern mind (with all its specific ways of looking at the world) but without taking away from Islam -- i.e. without CHANGING or HIDING those aspects of Islam that the modern mind might find displeasing.
Because of these reasons, I think the book is a must-read for anyone interested in Islam -- since it concentrates on HOW ISLAMIC SCHOLARS HAVE ELUCIDATED ON ISLAMIC CONCEPTS, without passing any kind of judgement on these concepts, it is extremely illuminating for the Muslim as well as the non Muslim trying to understand Islam -- the reader can pass his own judgement. It is for this reason that I have already bought/ recommended this book to many close Muslim friends/ family, and this is the one book that I plan to give all my non Muslim friends to read as well, just to make them understand my religion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Jun. 1999
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I was introduced to this book by a friend of mine who was very impressed by the book. I was told by a few that this is one of the best books written on Islam and has some very original way of explaining Islamic principles, I must agree with this assessment. Authors do an excellent job in this book. One note though on their methodology. As I was reading the book, authors methodology and overall approach kept reminding me of books written by some great Persian/Shia scholars such as Muttahary and Tabatabai. When I looked into the background of the authors, as Murata gives an account of it in her excellent book" Tao of Islam" I discovered that they had spent many years in Iran studying Islam with great scholars such Corbin, Tabatabai who was a great mystic and philosopher, Ashtyani (The great sage of Mashhad) , Mr. Homai and many more. The influence of these great scholars is very evident in the work of these authors along with other authors such as the great scholar Mr. Corbin who mentions his great learning experience of Islam while studying in Iran with late Tabatabai. Many passages of this book written by Mr. chittic resembles so very closely the passages written by these great Iranian and Shia authors. The admiration of this book and its approach and method by so many would be a credit to those authors as well as Mr. Chittic and Murata. It is sad to see that many books remains unread and unknown by majority only on the ground of being written by a Shia. Fanaticism hearts first and foremost the fanatics themselves and as Koran puts it " We were not unjust to them, but rather they were unjust to themselves".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Mar. 1999
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I think of myself as a Muslim, and I was born, raised and (initially) educated in a Muslim country where Islamic studies is a part of the curriculum -- however, this book provided me with an insight into Islam that I had never come across before. Its beauty lies in its attempt to present Islamic thought and understanding as the Islamic tradition itself has conceived -- the Islamic tradition of the past 14 centuries, and not just of recent theologians. The best aspect of the book is that it tries to present WHAT ISLAMIC CONCEPTS ARE, rather than why they are right (as some Muslims often try to show) or why they are not so right (as some non Muslims try to show). And it presents the concepts in a way that is comprehensible to the modern mind (with all its specific ways of looking at the world) but without taking away from Islam -- i.e. without CHANGING or HIDING those aspects of Islam that the modern mind might find displeasing. Because of these reasons, I think the book is a must-read for anyone interested in Islam -- since it concentrates on HOW ISLAMIC SCHOLARS HAVE ELUCIDATED ON ISLAMIC CONCEPTS, without passing any kind of judgement on these concepts, it is extremely illuminating for the Muslim as well as the non Muslim trying to understand Islam -- the reader can pass his own judgement. It is for this reason that I have already bought/ recommended this book to many close Muslim friends/ family, and this is the one book that I plan to give all my non Muslim friends to read as well, just to make them understand my religion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Nov. 1998
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This book presents an excellent and scholarly summary of islamic beliefs. I especially liked the way the authors used Koranic verses in all of their discussions, exposing the Western reader to the uniqueness and sublimity of the Islamic scripture. It paints a portrait of Mohammed that is both sympathetic and factual. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is brave enough to learn the truth about Islam, the Prophet, and the nature of Reality.
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