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Knowing the Spirit
Knowing the Spirit (January 2007)
Ostad Elahi - Author
James Winston Morris - Translated with an introduction and notes by

A modern spiritual classic on the perfection of the soul by a renowned writer from the Islamic tradition.

Ostad Elahi’s Knowing the Spirit provides a concise and remarkably illuminating philosophic account of our unique place in the universe: of the creative expressions of the divine Spirit throughout nature, and of the process of the soul’s deepening perfection through all the challenges and less...(Read More)
 
 
Ishmael on the Border
Ishmael on the Border (July 2006)
Rabbinic Portrayals of the First Arab
Carol Bakhos - Author

Explores rabbinic views of Ishmael, the biblical figure seen as the first Arab.

Ishmael on the Border is an in-depth study of the rabbinic treatment of Abraham’s firstborn son, Ishmael. This book examines Ishmael’s conflicted portrayal over a thousand-year period and traces the shifts and nuances in his representation within the Jewish tradition before and after the emergence of Islam.

Looks at how various factions used the tradition that scholars were the “heirs of the Prophet” during the classical period of Islam (570–1258 CE).

After the death of the Prophet Muhammad, different religious factions within the Muslim community laid claim to the Prophet’s legacy. Drawing on research from Sunni and Shiite lite...(Read More)
 
 
Islamic Philosophy from Its Origin to the Present
Islamic Philosophy from Its Origin to the Present (May 2006)
Philosophy in the Land of Prophecy
Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Author

A comprehensive overview of the Islamic philosophical tradition.

Islamic Philosophy from Its Origin to the Present offers a comprehensive overview of Islamic philosophy from the ninth century to the present day. As Seyyed Hossein Nasr attests, within this tradition, philosophizing is done in a world in which prophecy is the central reality of life—a reality related not only to the realms of actio...(Read More)

 
 
An Islamic Philosophy of Virtuous Religions
An Islamic Philosophy of Virtuous Religions (February 2006)
Introducing Alfarabi
Joshua Parens - Author

Explores the approach to peaceful religious coexistence offered by Alfarabi, the greatest Islamic political philosopher.


Joshua Parens provides an introduction to the thought of Alfarabi, a tenth-century Muslim political philosopher whose writings are particularly relevant today. Parens focuses on Alfarabi’s Attainment of Happiness, in which he envisions the kind of government ...(Read More)
 
 
Islam in Modern Turkey
Islam in Modern Turkey (August 2005)
An Intellectual Biography of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi
Sukran Vahide - Author
Ibrahim M. Abu-Rabi' - Edited and with an introduction by

A biography of the prominent Turkish theologian and thinker.

Islam in Modern Turkey presents one of the most comprehensive studies in English of the seminal Turkish thinker and theologian, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (1876–1960). A devout Muslim who strongly believed in peacefully coexisting with the West, Nursi inspired a faith movement that has played a vital role in the revival of Islam in Turkey and now num...(Read More)
 
 
Cosmology and Architecture in Premodern Islam
Cosmology and Architecture in Premodern Islam (May 2005)
An Architectural Reading of Mystical Ideas
Samer Akkach - Author

A fascinating exploration of how the transcendent is expressed in the spatial sensibility of premodern Islam.

This fascinating interdisciplinary study reveals connections between architecture, cosmology, and mysticism. Samer Akkach demonstrates how space ordering in premodern Islamic architecture reflects the transcendental and the sublime. The book features many new translations, a number from unpublished source...(Read More)
 
 
Probing in Islamic Philosophy
Probing in Islamic Philosophy (January 2005)
Studies in the Philosophies of Ibn Sina, al-Ghazali, and Other Major Muslim Thinkers
Michael E. Marmura - Author

Analyzes major Muslim philosophers.

For the historian of ideas, interest in medieval Islamic philosophy is not something new. But this interest has been intensified with the growth of a fuller awareness of the impact this philosophy has had on the development of European thought. Overemphasis of this influence, however, can distract from treating the Islamic philosophers in their own right, that is, as philosophers w...(Read More)
 
 
A Culture of Sufism
A Culture of Sufism (December 2004)
Naqshbandis in the Ottoman World, 1450-1700
Dina Le Gall - Author

Unearths the history of the Naqshbandiyya, one of the most widespread and enduring Sufi brotherhoods.

A Culture of Sufism opens a window to a new understanding of one of the most prolific and enduring of all the Sufi brotherhoods, the Naqshbandiyya, as it spread from its birthplace in central Asia to Iran, Anatolia, Arabia, and the Balkans between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. Drawing on ori...(Read More)
 
 
Muslim Narratives and the Discourse of English
Muslim Narratives and the Discourse of English (December 2004)
Amin Malak - Author

Examines novels and short stories by Muslim authors who write in English.

This is the first book to explore the works of Muslim authors who write in English yet take their inspiration from Islam. Through close readings of novels and short stories by Salman Rushdie, Ahmed Ali, Attia Hosain, Nuruddin Farah, and others, Amin Malak reveals their aesthetic and discursive merits as well as their idiomatic and metaphorical e...(Read More)
 
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