Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Keynote Address

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Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Keynote Address

In four parts,
uploaded by Ali Vural Ak Center for Global I []
≈ 2011
Seyyed Hossein Nasr gives the Keynote Address at the New Approaches to Qur’an and Exegesis Conference.

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Mentioning the concept of laTíf[1] ( لطيف )
…its whole spiritual, cosmological and metaphysic content is simply removed[2] because it does not correspond to anything.

We all suffer - sometimes consciously, sometimes unconsciously - from this depleting of reality of all of its higher levels, the reduction of reality to a single level[3] of the psycho-physical world… and even some modern Muslims are affected by it.

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We live in a different ambience[4] in which the necessity of the reformulation and the expansion of the universalist message of the Quran is extremely important and essential. So in this sense it's new[5] because the Quran speaks to every generation, every age.

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  1. the subtle, spiritual element in everything, especially in man, his soul; also God's Name Al-Latíf - The All-Kind, Most Gentle.

  2. from people's minds, even from some well-intended ones.

  3. i.e. the loss of the sense of the sacred in its different aspects.

  4. We live today in the ’post-modern world’ which is of course very different compared to the classical Islamic era (before colonisation) when people saw no need to learn about other religions than their own, and ”when a religious community lived as if it were the whole of humanity.”

  5. i.e. this project of 'New Approaches to Qur’an and Exegesis'

There are four clips:

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Links For Audio/ Video / Texts at this site:

• Islamic Multimedia Files And Links - S H Nasr

• Some Texts By Seyyed Hossein Nasr


First of all it is Islam that reigns (see Sura 5:3). Traditional Islam does not accept the notion that the world-religions (or even any other man-made belief systems) are equally valid roads to God - Allah, these are perennialist interpretations.

◊ Even so - except for elements of corruption and deviation - they still reflect some sacred truth, they did not turn into complete falsehood by being abrogated.

◊ In the words of Muhyiddín Ibn `Arabi:

”The religious laws (shara`í - of different religions) are all lights, and the law of Muhammad ( Allah bless him and give him peace ) among these lights is as the sun's light among the light of the stars…” [more]

And he wrote:
”So all paths return to look to the Prophet's path (Allah bless him and give him peace): if the prophetic messengers had been alive in his time, they would have followed him just as their religious laws have followed his law.…”

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