The Vision of Islam

The Vision of Islam

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'This work is one of the most successful introductions to Islam for a Western audience.' --Sayyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University

'This is a book that every introductory course on Islam should attempt to incorporate into its basic reading.' --William A. Graham, Center for Middle East Studies, Harvard University

Synopsis

This introduction to Islam for Western readers explores the fundamental religious beliefs held by Muslims for nearly 1400 years. It covers the four dimensions of Islam - practice, faith, spirituality and the Islamic view of history, as outlined in the Hadith of Gabriel. Interweaving teachings from the Koran, the sayings of the Prophet, and the great authorities of the tradition, the book introduces the essentials of each dimension. It then goes on to describe how each has been manifest in Islamic institutions throughout the course of history.

About the Author

William C. Chittick is currently Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University and the author of The Sufi Path of Knowledge and The Sufi Path of Love. Sachiko Muratan is a Professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Stony Brook University.