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Science of the Cosmos Science of the Soul

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SCIENCE OF THE COSMOS SCIENCE OF THE SOUL –
The Pertinence of Islamic Cosmology in the Modern World

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SCIENCE OF THE COSMOS SCIENCE OF THE SOUL –
The Pertinence of Islamic Cosmology in the Modern World

The Pertinence of Islamic Cosmology in the Modern Worl William C. Chittick Authentic Islamic thought is dying, or so argues Chittick in this profound new book. With academic courses either encouraging commercialism, or cultivating zealots, Chittick states that it is impossible to understand classical Islamic texts without the years of contemplative study that are anathema to the modem education system. Insisting upon a return to the ways of the ancient wisdom tradition, which saw the quest for knowledge of the soul, the world, and God as a unifying spiritual discipline, Chittick maintains that the study of Islamic texts cannot be treated separately from self-understanding. Fascinating, radical, and a true challenge to modem trends in academic study, this book opens a new debate in Islamic thought

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“One of the most original and thought-provoking contributions to genuinely Islamic thought in the past half-century.” —James W. Morris
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“Has the power of a complete re-evaluation of the Islamic intellectual tradition. Highly recommended.” —Ravi Ravindra, Dalhousie University *** Chittick is the most exciting writer on Sufism today, combining as he does a genuine passion for the subject with a scholarly objectivity that is truly impressive.” —Oliver Leaman, University of Kentucky
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Author

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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