Interview with seyyed hossein nasr on religion the environment. The life of seyyed vali allah khan nasr, in knowledge is light. Auto suggestions are available once you type at least 3 letters. Seyyed hossein nasr is one of the most important islamic. On the philosophy of seyyed hossein nasr humanitas 101 revelation over rationalism. The name nasr which means victory was conferred on professor nasrs grandfather by the king of persia. By rediscovering the root of art in the islamic tradition, seyyed hossein nasr opens doors to new dimensions of unity which have seemingly been obscured in recent western art.
The current ecological crisis is a matter of urgent global concern, with solutions being sought on many fronts. In this book, seyyed hossein nasr argues that the devastation of our world has been exacerbated, if not actually caused, by the reductionist view of nature that has been advanced by modern secular science. In addition to his natural sensibility to the beauty and majesty of nature, nasr provides a knowledge that. Open court, 2001, and most of what is said here about his life derives from that source. The autobiography has been summarized by zailan moris in knowledge is light.
Some know him as an authority of shiism, or sufism, or islamic philosophy, or islamic art, or cosmology, or comparative religious studies. Show more join researchgate to find the people and research you need to help your work. This research approaches these issues using the methods of descriptive analysis and induction. Detailed discussions of the most important figures from earliest times to the present day chapters on key concepts in islamic philosophy, and on relevant. This volume challenges this belief, and provides an indispensable reference tool. Drawing from buddhist, hindu, judaic, christian, and islamic traditions, he finds in each the idea of perennial wisdom as a philosophical basis for such unity. This is a book ill always treasure and im deeply grateful it was written. Who is man the perennial answer of islam an essay by.
When nasr was twelve, he moved to the united states to attend the peddie. About seyyed hossein nasr seyyed hossein nasr foundation. What is interesting about seyyed hossein nasr is that he is considered an authority in many fields, much like the classical muslim philosophers. Pdf seyyed hossein nasr s perspective on the theory of.
He received his early education in religion and literature in his native city, tehran. He is the author of the forthcoming the need for a sacred science, and has written islamic art and spirituality, islamic life and thought, knowledge and the sacred, sufi essays, and coauthored expectations of the millenium. Nasr also seyyed hossein nasr was born on april 7, 1933 19 farvadin 12 a. A brief biography of seyyed hossein nasr seyyed hossein nasr was born on april 7, 1933 in tehran into a family of distinguished scholars and physicians. Seyyed hossein nasr, a proponent of the perennial philosophy and an eminent scholar of islam and comparative religion, i use this paper to explore the notion of a religious order of nature and, in extension, sacred cosmology as an alternative worldview on the pathway toward sustainability. We live among ruins in a world in which god is dead as nietzsche stated. Thomas the intellect the sacred the supreme substance. Aminrazavi the islamic academy of science, malaysia may be useful, though now incomplete. Socalled islamic universities follow western tradition interview with s h nasr according to professor nasr, as long as muslim educational institutions continue to copy western science without engaging in any endeavor to internalize it, the muslim tradition. Author of over fifty books, professor nasr is a wellknown and highly respected inte.
Islamization of knowledge is an intellectual and methodological enterprise and not an ideology, a discipline, or a sect. Both his father and grandfather served as physicians to the iranian royal family. The essential seyyed hossein nasr is an anthology of 21 of his most representative essays, including several rare articles which have not been easily available in the u. Introduction to islamic cosmological doctrines, an by. After receiving his early education in iran, nasr studied physics and mathematics at massachusetts institute of technology mit and received his doctorate from harvard university in 1958 with specialization in. Ks17 knowledge and bliss, which is an aspect of the perfume of the sacred ks12 it is the knowledge of that reality, which is the supreme substance, the sacred as such. Knowledge and the sacred suny press, 1989, 6768 seyyed hossein nasr is university professor of islamic studies at the george washing ton university. Nasrs foremost students, is a true gift to humanity. The first muslim to deliver the gifford lectures, seyyed hossein nasr is a pioneer who has bridged islamic studies with the world of western philosophy, science and religion. Knowledge and the sacred seyyed hossein nasr in interreligious dialogue, islamic philosophy, metaphysics, seyyed hossein nasr, static metaphysics, transcendental unity of religion by zafer. Doctrines, thought, and spirituality, also published by suny press. Knowledge and the sacred seyyed hossein nasr state university of new york press. Islamization of knowledge is a methodology for dealing with knowledge and its sources.
In addition to lecturing worldwide, he has authored over fifty books and five hundred articles covering all aspects of the islamic tradition. Born in tehran, seyyed hossein nasr, the son of an educator, received a ph. What is needed, he believes, is the recovery of the truth to which the great enduring religions attest, namely, that nature is sacred. A book, the complete bibliography of the works of seyyed hossein nasr up to 1993, prepared by z. Doctrines, thought, and spirituality, also published.
Nasr sanctifies his topics by infusing them them with a beauty i have only experienced when reading frithjof schuon, or rainer maria rilka. Scholars of islam muslims hossein nasr hossein nasr born april 7, 1933 is an iranian university professor of islamic studies at george washington university, usa and a prominent islamic philosopher. Seyyed hossein nasr was born in tehran, in 1933 into a shii family of ulamaand educators. In knowledge and the sacred nasr analyzes humanitys pursuit of knowledge and proposes that in every culture throughout human history humanitys quest for knowledge has been a sacred activity as men and women seek to discover the divine. A groundbreaking new english translation and versebyverse commentary developed over 10 years by a committee of islamic studies scholars led by dr. Islamic philosophy has often been treated as mainly of historical interest, belonging to the history of ideas rather than to philosophy. At the heart of islam stands the reality of god, the one, the absolute and the in. He is the author of many books, including islamic art and spirituality, islamic life and thought, and sufi essays, and the editor of expectation of the millennium. The essential seyyed hossein nasr, expertly edited by william chittick, one of dr. A note on henry corbin and seyyed hossein nasr sider the peculiarity of the intricate eastwesinterculturat exchangel. The traditional doctrine of man and not the measurement of skulls and footprints is the key for the understanding of that anthropos who, despite the rebellion of promethean man against heaven from the period of renaissance and its aftermath, is still the inner man of every man, the reality which no human being can deny wherever and whenever he lives, the imprint of a theomorphic nature which. Indeed, nasr s intellectualism owes a great deal to henry corbin. He is the author of many scholarly books and articles.
Finally, they present his theory of sacred knowledge. Butterworth university of maryland the philosophy of seyyed hossein nasr, edited by lewis edwin hahn, randall e. Seyyed hossein nasr, knowledge and the sacred philpapers. His father, seyyed valiallah, a man of great learning and piety, was a physician to the iranian royal family, as was his father before him. Knowledge of the sacred according to to s h nasr from his book knowledge and the sacred buddha bome conciousness cusa eckhart erigena faith and knowledge hermeneutics humanism illumination knowledge logos luther man nature origen paul plato reality spiritual life of man st. Nasr s book is worth reading for many reasons, not the least of which is the insight. Knowledge and the sacred seyyed hossein nasr traditional. Seyyed hossein nasr was born on april 7, 1933 19 farvadin 12 a. The essential seyyed hossein nasr by seyyed hossein nasr. Writings of seyyed hossein nasr, in the philosophy of seyyed hossein nasr, ed. Seyyed hossein nasr quotes author of the heart of islam. Author of over fifty books, professor nasr is a wellknown and highly respected intellectual figure both. A note on henry corbin and seyyed hossein nasr a note on.
Read or listen to seyyed hossein nasr books and audiobooks. He was born 7 april 1933 in tehran, iran, into a prominent family. It must never be forgotten that the understanding of the spiritual sig nificance of traditional and sacred art, islamic or otherwise, is of the utmost significance for the existence of authentic religious life since. So muslims have to look upon this issue from the point of view of our own spiritual and intellectual positionsfrom what the quraan and cadath say, what our intellectual tradition has said. Nasr that have been published in english, in alphabetical order and without publication details. Nasr has written a detailed intellectual autobiography for the volume dedicated to him in the library of living philosophers, the philosophy of seyyed hossein nasr chicago. Seyyed hossein nasr is one of the acutest and clearest writers on islam today, and indeed for a long time has been the leading interpreter of islamic thought to the west.
Ali lakhani seyyed hossein nasr requires no introduction to the readers of this journal. Seyyed hossein nasr is university professor of islamic studies at george washington university. In this book, seyyed hossein nasr argues that the devastation of our world has been exacerbated, if not actually caused, by the reductionist view of nature that. Ks1o in the beginning reality was at once being, knowledge, and bliss or qudrah, hikma, and rahma ks111 it has become separated from being, bliss or extasy which characterizes the union of knowledge and being. Seyyed hossein nasr is the only nonwestern philosopher ever to have received both of these honors. An eloquent speaker with a charismatic presence, nasr is a much sought after speaker at academic conferences and seminars, university and public lectures and also radio and television programs in his area of expertise. Knowledge and the sacred reflections on seyyed hossein nasrs gifford lectures 1 by gai eaton source.
In traditional islam,0 nasr dedicates a chapter ahommages t o corbin. Essays in honor of seyyed hossein nasr, edited by zailan moris, chicago, 1999, p. Nasrs book is worth reading for many reasons, not the least of which is the insight. Nasr, seyyet hossein, science and civilication in islam,new york. The heart of islam enduring values for humanity seyyed hossein nasr fm. Knowledge and the sacred studies in comparative religion. Indeed, nasrs intellectualism owes a great deal to henry corbin. Seyyed hossein nasr is university of islamic studies professor at george washington university. Knowledge and the sacred gifford lectures state university of new york press. Seyyed hossein nasr is a well known and highly respected intellectual figure both in the west and the islamic world. Knowledge and the sacred is a work of prayer and art that makes the exploration of god more than an intellectual treat, it makes it profoundly beautiful as well. Knowledge and the sacred seyyed hossein nasr state university of new york press, 1989.
Professor of islamic studies, george washington university. Seyyed hossein nasr, the george washington university, religion department, faculty member. Reflections on seyyed hossein nasrs gifford lectures1 by. Seyyed hossein nasr is university professor of islamic studies at george washington university, and one of. Born in tehran in 1933 and educated both in iran and later in science in the united states, his early specialization was in islamic science. Knowledge and the sacred reflections on seyyed hossein nasrs. Professor nasr s wisdom covers an immensely wide range of philosophical and religious knowledge, enabling him not only to elucidate the causes of our present dilemma, but also to guide us in the task of rediscovering a world view in which man, nature and god are seen in their proper harmony. The ideals of today are comfort, expediency, surface knowledge, disregard for ones ancestral heritage and traditions, catering to the lowest standards of taste and intelligence, apotheosis of the pathetic, hoarding of material objects and possessions, disrespect for all that. Seyyed hossein nasr is one of the most important and foremost philosopher and scholar of islamic and comparative studies in the world today. There are major issues involved here, which the modern mindset glosses over.335 869 1171 674 3 1441 1436 914 550 1087 1366 316 1222 700 1006 1334 946 1447 967 852 434 331 1204 1422 1544 105 464 1014 1478 1063 1002 808 613 1446 897 802 1416 1216 1186 1276 728 540