In this brilliant work, Seyyed Hossein Nasr says, "The West has produced many orient lists who have studied Islam from their own point of view, but the Islamic world has produced very few occident lists who can study the various aspects of Western civilization from its science to art, from religion to social behavior, from the Islamic point of view." Through these Muslim 'maps' of the modern 'intellectual' landscape, the author challenges two fronts: young Muslims to become familiar with their religion and cultural roots and to gain an understanding of the modern world from the Islamic point of view. This guide for the Muslim to the modern world the first of its kind in any language presents the eternal truths of Islam as well as Western religious and intellectual tradition as they confront each other in today's world. The Islamic perspective is so unique that NPR (National Public Radio)'s Robert Siegel discussed the work with the author on the All Things Considered program.
About the Author:
Seyyed Hossein Nasr was born in Tehran in a family of traditional scholars and physicians. After receiving his early education in Iran, he came to America where he studied physics, the history of science and philosophy at MIT and Harvard from which he received his doctorate. Nasr was professor at Tehran University and founder and first president of the Iranian Academy of Philosophy. He is presently University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University.