The Heart of Islam: Enduring Values for Humanity

The Heart of Islam Enduring Values for Humanity As the specter of religious extremism has become a fact of life today the temptation is great to allow the evil actions and perspectives of a minority to represent an entire tradition In the case of

  • Title: The Heart of Islam: Enduring Values for Humanity
  • Author: Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  • ISBN: 9780060730642
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Paperback
  • As the specter of religious extremism has become a fact of life today, the temptation is great to allow the evil actions and perspectives of a minority to represent an entire tradition In the case of Islam, there has been much recent confusion in the Western world centered on distorted portrayals of its core values Born of ignorance, such confusion feeds the very problemAs the specter of religious extremism has become a fact of life today, the temptation is great to allow the evil actions and perspectives of a minority to represent an entire tradition In the case of Islam, there has been much recent confusion in the Western world centered on distorted portrayals of its core values Born of ignorance, such confusion feeds the very problem at hand.In The Heart of Islam one of the great intellectual figures in Islamic history offers a timely presentation of the core spiritual and social values of Islam peace, compassion, social justice, and respect for the other Seizing this unique moment in history to reflect on the essence of his tradition, Seyyed Hossein Nasr seeks to open a spiritual and intellectual space for mutual understanding Exploring Islamic values in scripture, traditional sources, and history, he also shows their clear counterparts in the Jewish and Christian traditions, revealing the common ground of the Abrahamic faiths.Nasr challenges members of the world s civilizations to stop demonizing others while identifying themselves with pure goodness and to turn instead to a deeper understanding of those shared values that can solve the acute problems facing humanity today Muslims must ask themselves what went wrong within their own societies, he writes, but the West must also pose the same question about itself whether we are Muslims, Jews, Christians, or even secularists, whether we live in the Islamic world or in the West, we are in need of meaning in our lives, of ethical norms to guide our actions, of a vision that would allow us to live at peace with each other and with the rest of God s creation Such help, he believes, lies at the heart of every religion and can lead the followers of the Abrahamic religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as well as other religious and spiritual traditions to a new future of mutual respect and common global purpose.The Heart of Islam is a landmark presentation of enduring value that offers hope to humanity, and a compelling portrait of the beauty and appeal of the faith of 1.2 billion people.

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    1. کتابی جالب در معرفی اسلام به غیر مسلماناناین کتاب پس از حوادث 11 سپتامبر و بعد از آن موج های گسترده ضد اسلام نوشته شد تا اسلام واقعی را بشناساند و با تقریب خوبی، این کار را انجام داده!

    2. This book aims to educate the general Western public about the "authentic Islam," but at times I wondered whether the author had remembered this objective. Some of the chapters were esoteric and some delved deep into the very basic tenets of Islam. Some, on the other hand, were used to make snarky remarks about "secularism" and the West.Throughout the book, the author kept repeating that Islamic extremism was mainly caused by Western imperialism. This is a common apologetic claim by jihadist sym [...]

    3. In the introduction the author states this book was “written with express purpose of explaining certain basic aspects of Islam and widely discussed issues in a manner acceptable to mainstream Islamic thought and comprehensible to the general western public.” He does an excellent job in achieving his purpose. In some respects the work is similar to Khaled Abou El Fadl’s excellent book, "The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists." Both have injected history into their discourse an [...]

    4. The book gives insights about many facts related to the history, the geography, the demography, the pillars of Islam / Islamic world. It is explained well for those who wish to learn about Islam and those Muslims who aim to review it and think about what it seems obvious and well known.I think it's worth reading

    5. الكتاب للبروفيسور سيد حسين نصر عدد صفحات الكتاب 351 صفحة ويتكوّن من 7 فصولالفصل الأول (وحدة الخالق و تعدد الأنبياء) : تكلم عن وحدة الحقيقة وكثرة الوحي الفصل الثاني دائرة الإسلام ونطاقه (التّسنن . التشيع . والتصوف) : يتطرّق إلى القراءات التقليدية (للحداثيين والأصوليين) في الإسلا [...]

    6. Nasr's book may have a lot to offer for someone who knows almost nothing about Islam.He tries to give a simple clear-cut picture of Islam to fight off ingrained prejudice which is imprinted on individuals,inculcated in the bosom of some Western societies which are swayed by the mainstream media.But if you are an educated person who actually knows something about Islam, the book does not have much to offer you. What's more if you are a Muslim, the book has nothing to offer. That's why I regret pa [...]

    7. This is a very clear insightful look at Islam. There are sections that feel a bit like they repeat themselves, but for the most part it reads very well. I don't think I would recommend this one as a good introduction to Islam simply because it delves into so many things that it might be a bit much for a first blush into the religion. But if you are already familiar and you want to learn more this is a very good book.

    8. Time and again I have found this to be one of the best books for introducing people to Islam in a way that will help them actually understand it. Although it is not as systematic as his "Ideals and Realities of Islam," it nonetheless has a far more approachable tone and deals more directly with issues that are of immediate concern to the modern reader.

    9. An apologist book on Islam. Will most likely not need to reference it for anything, nor am I interested in rereading it.

    10. The books aims to present Islam to the general public; and it surely does a great job, as noted by others on this forum too, by maintaining a balance between the tenets of Islam and Practical Islam as it is followed today in the world. My only problem with the book was when the author used comparisons to bring out a point. These comparisons, while with the best of intentions, were not well explained or too short. Hence many a times it was hard to see if they delivered the point or just ended up [...]

    11. I was hoping for a more in-depth study of the foundations of Islam, and for the most part, this book delivered. There were times when the philosophical stuff got just a little too in-depth for me, but I also expected a little of that. I was somewhat disappointed not to find anything really new in this, and since I don't know everything, it means I'm probably choosing the wrong books. It is a good choice for a tour through Islam in its pure form (without adding humans and politics into the mix).T [...]

    12. " The heart of Islam is the Islam of the heart" Modern man lives in a media-saturated society, and media have become a source of knowledge to many people across the globe. Unfortunately, the Western media, especially in the United States, promulgates a plethora of misinformation, myths and even disinformation about Islam. For this reason, Naser's book is an endeavor to provide the Muslim as well as non-Muslim audience with authentic information about Islam as a religion, history and civilization [...]

    13. In this book, 'The Heart of Islam', Seyyed Hossein Nasr has eloquently written on the fundamentals and the framework of Islam. Although the book covers only the core tenets of Islam, Nasr has managed to touch upon wide range of topics from Jurisprudence to Human rights.I find it well written and much more nuanced than any other introductory book on this subject. In today's world where Islam and it's followers are maligned, demonised and vilified quite commonly, this book will help us understand [...]

    14. A book that should be read by not only Muslims, but all believers, who have the same core values that can bring back a more cohesive society - which is sorely needed in these dark times of hate and ignorance. For those that need insight into the actual beliefs and values off Islam, not those shown in the media our by extremists, this work will give you the clearest insight into the faith and it's core expectations from its practitioners.

    15. Although Nasr tries to paper over the rough spots of Islam, he lets the cat out of the bag on numerous occasions. He can get very, um agitated at times. Among other things he is a fan of blasphemy laws, which destroys his credibility in my eyes. Weirdly, he thinks that textual analysis of the Qur'an is inherently anti-God. Given the contrast between *that* book and his siren song, I wouldn't want anyone reading it that closely if I were him either.

    16. This is a fantastic induction into the heart -the ideal- of Islam. the author is an intelligent, and passionate, teacher who describes with great skill. The subject comes across as extremely close to his own heart, yet he navigates the narrow ledge that is the exploration of one religion to an outsider audience, who will inevitably sometimes follow a different religion, without much of the tension often present in such comparisons. I would highly recommend it.

    17. In this book Dr. Nasr has given readers an introduction into Islam for both non Muslims and Muslims who wish to fully understand their religion from the majority moderate perspective. The explanation of the Sunni and Shia divide is most insightful and a stand point very different to most authors yet subconsciously shared by most Muslims. A must read as an introduction to both the faith and the author.

    18. As the esteemed Seyyed hossein nasr eloquently wrote in the ending, " The heart of any religion is none other than that single, universal Truth that resides at the heart of all religions, and that is itself the foundation of the religion of the heart." Truly an amazing read recommended for all beloved fellow human beings to truly understand not only about Islam, but also about the spiritual dimensions of our souls. Wallahu alam

    19. Versi bahasa Indonesia, terbitan Mizan.Merged review:Buku ini sudah diterjemahkan ke dalam bahasa Indonesia, diterbitkan oleh Mizan. Sebagaimana buku2 Nasr yang lain, buku ini kembali mendedah nilai2 kemanusiaan di dalam Islam. Ini mungkin menjadi penekanan Nasr ketika Islam menjadi agama yang ditakuti karena tidak dikenal.

    20. It keeps every type of reader(converts, born-muslims and non-muslims) engaged with some unbelievably beautiful commentaries on the inner and universal dimensions of Islam. 'The Heart of Islam' is an eruption from the heart of a realized sage. If you want to know what Islam means for a Sufi, give this book a try.

    21. Nasr presents a very intimate and appealing vision of the meaning of Islam. It covers all the basics of the religion, but also gives fantastic insight into what one Muslim scholar finds most compelling in its message. Not at all preachy, though.

    22. "A ray of sunshine in the chaotic world of Islamophobia "Brilliant masterpiece on the core spiritual and social value of Islam and what it offers to humanity in the present modern world who seeks absolute truth.God.

    23. An excellent, thorough treatise on traditional Islam, suited best for someone who is unfamiliar with the religion or related culture(s); far from a post-9/11 apologist, Nasr asserts the moral grounding of Islam and contrasts with the life pressed upon by Western modernity.

    24. The book does an excellent job of explaining Islam as it is understood by its followers. It reads well, speaks on relevant issues, and is an overall great reference book on all aspects of Islam.

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