FAITH AND PRACTICE OF ISLAM Three Thirteenth Century Sufi Texts

FAITH AND PRACTICE OF ISLAM Three Thirteenth Century Sufi Texts William C. Chittick Faith and Practice of Islam presents Islam from the inside—from the point of view of Muslims themselves. The author first explains Islamic concepts to his readers and then uses these concepts, rather than Western concepts, to discuss Islam. This book is about the enduring legacy that has sustained Islam as a great intellectual as well as spiritual tradition. The range and authenticity of this book have no parallel in the list of English language books on Islamic spirituality. The book presents Sufism in a way that can be understood by`those with little background in Islam persuasively laying out the doctrines contained in these texts in ways that it locate them firmly within the classical Islamic theological world view. Though very scholarly this is a book from the heart. Presents even the most complicated and sophisticated patterns of thought in such a way that they can be understood by everybody— always maintaining his high intellectual standards. Shows profound knowledge and a fine sense of the beautiful subtleties of the Arabic and Persian languages, together with his intellectual brilliance and his clear, lively and elegant style make him the ideal exponent of the essentials of Islam in general and of Sufism in particular. Could be very useful as a text book for classes on the faith of Islam and on the meaning of Sufism.


William C. Chittick

William C. Chittick received his education in the US. He holds a PhD in Persian language and literature from the University of Tehran. He taught comparative religion in the humanities department at Aryamehr Technical University in Tehran and, for a short period before the revolution, was assistant professor at the Imperial Iranian Academy of Philosophy. He has served as Assistant Editor of the Encyclopaedia Iranica at the Columbia University for three years. He has been Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the State University of New York, Stony Brook from 1983 to 1991 where he presently holds the post of the Professor of Comparative Studies. A greatly respected scholar, he has studied Sufism in theory and practice, and has written and translated widely about its various manifestations. He has published numerous articles and books, among them, A Shi`ite Anthology; Imaginal Worlds; Faith and Practice of Islam; The Sufi Path of Knowledge: Ibn al-Arabi 's Metaphysics of Imagination; The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi; The Vision of Islam, The Heart of Islamic Philosophy and Me and Rumi—The Autobiography of Shams i Tabtki; Ibn Arabi— Heir to the Prophets; The Self Disclosures of God.


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