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THE UNDERLYING RELIGION

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THE UNDERLYING RELIGION -An Introduction to the Perennial Philosophy

THE UNDERLYING RELIGION An Introduction to the Perennial Philosophy

THE UNDERLYING RELIGION An Introduction to the Perennial Philosophy td Martin Lings & Clinton Minnaar (Eds.) This is Martin Lings’ last book and is the most accessible introduction to the Perennial Philosophy ever published. This anthology contains twenty-five essays by fourteen of the leading authors of the “perennialist” or “traditionalist” school of comparative religious thought. Here the reader will encounter the penetrating writings of the major authors, Frithjof Schuon, Rene Guenon, Ananda Coomaraswamy, Titus Burckhardt Lord Northbowne, Marco Pallis, Martin Lings (co-editor of this volume), Whitall Perry, William Stoddart, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr.
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“I do not know, and cannot even imagine, a better book to introduce the reader to the most profound incursion into the understanding of religion that has appeared in modern times. I am speaking, of course, of the perennialist position.” — Huston Smith
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“This new anthology has the depth and breadth to become a classic. Spanning the range of perennialist generations, the editors have provided us with a carefully collected set of essays that cover all the fundamental grounds of traditionalist thinking.” — Patrick Laude

Author

Martin Lings

(Abū Bakr Sirāj ad-Dīn)

 (1909-2005)

Martin Lings was born in Burnage, Lancashire. After a classical education, he read English at Oxford where he was a pupil and later a close friend of C. S. Lewis. In 1935, he went to Lithuania where he lectured on Anglo-Saxon and Middle English at the University of Kaunus. After four years, he went to Egypt and was given a lectureship in English Literature at Cairo University where he lectured mainly on Shakespeare. He later returned to England and took a degree in Arabic at London University and subsequently joined the staff of the British Museum where he was Keeper of Oriental Manuscripts until his retirement in 1973. He is the author of The Sacred Art of ShakespeareAncient Beliefs and Modern SuperstitionsThe Eleventh Hour, Symbol & Archetype, The Book of Certainty (the Sufi Doctrines of Faith, Vision and Gnosis), A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth CenturyWhat is Sufism? and Sufi Poems: A Mediaeval Anthology. His Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources has been acclaimed as the best biography of the Prophet. He was also the author of several articles for the new Encyclopaedia of Islam, of the article on Sufism in the latest edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and participated in various Islamic conferences form time to time. He was a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and member of its council and also a member of the British Museum Society.

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