Dimensions of Islam

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DIMENSIONS OF ISLAM

 

 

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DIMENSIONS OF ISLAM

Frithjof Schuon’s earlier work Understanding Islam has been widely acclaimed for its unique insight into what is perhaps the least understood of the great Religions. It would not be an exaggeration to say that, in the writing of Schuon, Islam has for the first time been presented in all its amplitude and depth as a religion to be studied in its own right. This book brings to light some important but lesser known aspects of Islam and, like Understanding Islam, is written from a predominantly Sufi point of view. One is made to feel that a religion is like a living organism in which all the parts, both inward and outward are intimately related…..there is a continual movement from inward truth to outward or concrete symbol, from centre to circumference and back again to the centre. A striking example of this is to be found in the chapter on the Sufi doctrine of the five Divine Presences.

Of particular interest to Western readers will be the chapters on Christ and on the Virgin Mary, who for Muslims as well as for Christians is the summit of the hierarchy of women. There are also important chapters on the interpretation of the Qur’ān, and on the Prophet Muhammad and his place in the Monotheistic Tradition as a whole. As usual in the author’s writings, the book is rich in references to other religions; to Hinduism, Buddhism and particularly to Christianity.

 

Author

Frithj of Schuon

(Shaykh ‘Īsa Nūr al-Dīn)

(1907-1998)

Frithjof Schuon was born in Basle, Switzerland. At sixteen, he interrupted his classical education to earn a living as a designer in Paris, where he studied Arabic and Arabic calligraphy. Subsequent visits to North Africa and the East, prompted by his profound interest in the great religions of the world, resulted in many contacts with Sufi, Hindu and Buddhist authorities, in addition to important links he established with representatives of the spiritual legacy of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches; and two visits to the North American Plains Indians (he was officially adopted by the Lakota tribe) won him a number of close friends, particularly among the Sioux and the Crow.

Of his first book, The Transcendent Unity of Religions, which has been published in six different languages, T. S. Eliot wrote: “I have met with no more impressive work in the comparative study of Oriental and Occidental religion.” In addition to his books, he was a regular contributor to Studies in Comparative Religion, and also contributed to Etudes Traditionnells for over twenty years.

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