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on 16 January 2017
liked the book
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on 15 August 2014
A very interesting overview of this major religion.
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on 14 May 2015
I received the book in a good condition.
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on 2 September 2015
My favorite book on Islam.
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VINE VOICEon 2 December 2003
Seyyed Hossein Nasr’s ‘The Heart of Islam’ is not so much a survey of, or indeed and introduction to, Islam, as a restoration of the centrality of ‘tawhid’ or one-ness in Islam and so an attempt to counter those who blow certain of its aspects out of proportion.
His main target audience seems to be westerners, especially those who are skeptical of the ridiculous images and misunderstandings of Muslims relayed by the dumbed-down international media (one recent example was the BBC’s Paul Wood, who told us during the Iraq war there was “no tradition of martyrdom in Iraq”).
But that such demonizing can succeed – witness the random attacks on Muslims after September 11 – is testimony to the remarkable fact that one can be considered “educated” in the west without having any knowledge whatsoever about the faith which historically protected much of the earliest western thought and is today followed by one-fifth of the people on the planet.
Parts of the book have a defensive tone (as Seyyed Hossein “protects” Islam against western distortions), and it reads far better when he outlines the extraordinary ready-made contribution Islam can make to the really big issues facing the world – international justice, economic inequality, man’s relationship to nature and the universe.
Seyyed Hossein argues compelling that the man-centred approach of secularism has contributed massively to the disruptions and lack of balance in the modern world. This is a message that any reader – Christian, Jew, Muslim or atheist – might find stimulating. It is certainly one the non-Muslim world needs badly to hear.
And he argues too that Muslims can find the confidence to confront the modernism, globalism and often western-backed tyranny that threatens them by reaching back into the riches of their own traditions for renewal.
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on 29 December 2005
An excellent book; a vital read for any Westerner who wants to know the truth about Islam and for any western muslim who feels jaded by the modern fundementalist and extremist phenomenon in modern times and wants to go back and find out more about the traditional heart of the religion.
This book serves as an excellent introduction and is also an easy, exciting read from start to finish.
Highly recommended.
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on 20 November 2007
Not the most exciting read. Westerners certainly need to get to grips more with what Islam is all about but this book is not the way in for most.

The problem is it is just too balanced and ends up being bland.You get the feeling that the author is being too defensive and trying to iron out anything that might offend anyone.

The real problem for Muslims and all of us have is how you can reconcile a religion that rejects the secular society with the secular society most westerners want to have. This book deals with this fundamental problem by pretending it does not exist.

Most readers would probably wish to know a bit more about differences within Islam as between Sunni and Shi'ite and certainly you can't understand Islam without going into this. The Sufis get very little mention.

I read a previous book by Mr Nasr called Traditional Islam in the Modern World which I found to be an eye opener. It is particularly good in explaining why Muslims have a problem with aspects of the West. For instance, it explains why Muslims can't stand Baroque architecture.

That kind of revealing detail is absent from this book but nevertheless it is good in its limited way
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on 31 May 2006
This book highlights the indivudual intellectual evolution intended for man and womankind throughout their lives. The writing is most gracious and generic without being patronising. This is not just a book for non-muslims but muslims as well so we can prevent our minds from misinterpreting a universal message constantly under threat of dogma and bias both from within and outside the Muslim community
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