Some Texts By / Related To
Seyyed Hossein Nasr

ed. Omar K Neusser

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  Sharî`ah, Tarîqah And Haqîqah
Today many want to transcend the world of forms without possessing the forms. They want to burn the scrolls, to use a Buddhist term, without having the scrolls. But man cannot throw away that which he does not possess.

  On The Shari`a, (The Heart of Islam)
The Shari`a is infinitely more than a rule book on punishments ( hudúd ) and morality.

  Intellect, Reason and Unity Of Being
The tragedy of modern Western philosophy lies, from the Muslim point of view, in confusing intellect and reason.

  Man Is Veiled From God - Allah
The Quran calls those who have gone astray from religion as those who cannot intellect, "lâ ya`qilûn", those who cannot use their intelligence correctly.

  The Islamic Conception Of Man
Man is not an animal which happens to speak and think but a being who possesses a soul and spirit created by God.

  Concerning The Nature Of Sacred Knowledge
Some of the main statements of this excellent work on that knowledge which is sacred.

  So-Called 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 will continue to be destroyed.

  Knowledge of the Sacred - Questions And Answers
From His Book 'Knowledge And The Sacred', Control-Questions And Answers

  Islam and Modern Science - A Lecture
Many people feel that that in fact there is no such thing as the Islamic problem of science. They say science is science, whatever it happens to be, and Islam has always encouraged knowledge, al-ilm in Arabic, and therefore we should encourage science and what's the problem? -there's no problem. But the problem is there because ever since children began to learn Lavoiser's Law that water is composed of oxygen and hydrogen, in many Islamic countries they came home that evening and stopped saying their prayers.

  A Review Essay of Wolfgang Smith's - The Quantum Enigma
physics actually deals, it is necessary to remember that this (modern]) physics is based always upon measurement, that measurement is always with an instrument and that the outcome of measurement with an instrument is always quantity or number. One cannot measure qualities

  Modernism And Postmodern Thought - Quotes from SH Nasr
”Human nature is too unstable and turbulent be able to serve as metaphysical principle for anything. That is why a mode of thinking that is not able to transcend the human level and that remains anthropomorphic cannot but be devoid of principles understood metaphysically…”

  Islamic Sufism - Notes From A Speech
The text is based on almost verbatim quotes from a speech by S H Nasr, where not verbatim it is in round brackets. Held in Stockholm, Sweden 2001

  The Prophet and Prophetic Tradition - from: Ideals & Realities of Islam
The Prophet ( sallAllahu `aleihi wa sallam ) as the founder of Islam and the messenger of God's revelation to mankind is the interpreter par excellence of the Book of God; and his Hadith and Sunnah, his sayings and actions, are after the Quran, the most important sources of the Islamic tradition.

  In The Beginning Is Consciousness - from a talk at the Harvard Divinity School, 2003
There are those people who believe that philosophy should only deal with what is operationally definable, that is (like) making philosophy a handmaid of physics and engineering. Of course there is a certain concept with which they don't want to deal, namely the word ’Veritas’, (Truth)…

Other languages: German

  Modernismus und post/-modernes Denken

Other languages: Swedish

  Intervju med Seyyed Hossein Nasr av Jay Kinney

Other texts on other sites:

  Islam And Ecology ( with Seyyed Hossein Nasr

  Audio files - S H Nasr

  Video: Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Keynote Address



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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