Partly for historical and political reasons Islam has perhaps been more misunderstood in the West than any other non-Christian religious tradition. In this book four essential aspects are considered in turn; the nature of the Islamic perspective, the doctrine about the function of the Qur’ān, the role of the Prophet and, in a long final section, Sufism and the path of spiritual ascent.
The writings of Frithjof Schuon are well known for the evident authority and clear insight with which they treat spiritual matters over a wide range and present the permanent and universal truths of which every sacred doctrine is an expression, casting a new light on many metaphysical and doctrinal matters. This book is primarily addressed to Western, non-Muslim readers in showing Islam timelessly and as it were from within.
Schuon was considered as one of the very few Europeans qualified to give an authentic interpretation of Oriental doctrines and T. S. Eliot wrote of the first of M. Schuon’s books to appear in English that he had met no more impressive work in the field of the comparative study of Oriental and Occidental Religion.