In quest of the Sacred


The Modern World in the Light of Tradition

The Modern World in the Light of Traditio

“… A compelling collection of essays by world-renowned authors clarifying the major aspects of the traditionalist view of religion and modern society.” —Sachiko Murata
Many of the leading voices in the field of traditional studies treat such topics as modernism, science, liberation theology, Native American art, psychology and astrology, in this collection of essays. This book is essential reading for those in quest of the rediscovery of the sacred in human life. Much more than the usual academic anthology, this excellent collection is proof of the contemporary, therapeutic importance of the Perennial Wisdom. It is a practical demonstration, in the words of Frithjof Schuon, that ‘Tradition is not a childish and outmoded mythology, but a science that is terribly real’. Contents include: The World of Today in the Light of Tradition by Martin Lings; Religion and Tradition by Victor Danner; Tradition and Human Society by Gai Eaton; Spiritual Personaby Types by Huston Smith; The Zodiac of the Soul by W. N. Perry; The Fundamental Nature of the Conflicts between the Modern and Traditional Man by Rama Coomaraswamy, What is the Western Tradition? By L D. Snyder, Islamic Selena and Western Science- Common Heritage, Dizerse Destinies by S. H. Nasr


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Seyyed Hossein Nasr

(b. 1933)

Seyyed Hossein Nasr was born in Tehran, where he received his early education. He studied in the West and gained his BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MA and PhD from Harvard University, where he studied the History of Science and Learning with special concentration on Islamic science and philosophy. In 1958, he returned to Iran to teach at Tehran University, where he was Professor of the History of Science and Philosophy. In 1962 he was visiting lecturer at Harvard University, and he taught there during the summer of 1965. During 1964-65, he was the first holder of the Agha Khan Chair of Islamic Studies at the American University of Beirut. He also served as Vice Chancellor of Tehran University and Chancellor of the Arya-Mehr University of Technology in Iran. He was the founder and first President of the Iranian Academy of Philosophy and is presently University Professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University, Washington D. C. and President of the Foundation for Traditional Studies. Professor Nasr has lectured in America, Europe, the Middle East, Pakistan, India, Japan, and Australia and was the first Muslim Scholar to deliver the Gifford Lectures. He is the author of over twenty-five books and five hundred articles in Persian, English, Arabic and French. His works have appeared in more than ten languages. His important contribution is three generations of scholars he has trained in the course of his fifty-year scholarly career in Iran and the West.


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