For anyone interested in the mystical side of Islam this is a must. As a non Moslem born in the UK and used to approaching things from a western philosophical viewpoint I had not realised how narrow my perspective was and indeed how limiting, until I read Murata's book. The most enlightening book I have read in some time. You must read it!!!
The Tao of Islam is a real gem. Sachiko Murata makes it clear that there are divergent cosmologies between traditional and modern approaches. This is extremely important when tackling classical Islamic texts and most often not recognised. If you do buy this book, then reading of the introduction is essential. She proceeds to take the reader into a journey full of new realisations. She adds to the book by combining her own considerable knowledge of Islam with Eastern thought in a genuine way without doing injustice to both. The sort of reader who will gain from this book will be someone who is able to think 'outside the box' and is able to digest new material quickly; some people tell me this book is not an easy read, but I think that is only because of the concepts that are being explored, I feel it has been written quite well. I hope this book gets more known as it truly is a fresh new offering. Inventive. Yet it remains grounded in traditional texts. A great achievement.