In Search of the Sacred :

Nasr, Seyyed Hossein.

In Search of the Sacred : A Conversation with Seyyed Hossein Nasr on His Life and Thought. - 1 online resource (409 pages)

Cover -- Contents -- Introduction -- Part One -- Childhood -- Ancestors -- Early Memories -- Nasr's Father -- A Pneumatic Child -- Traditional and Modern Education: A Synthesis -- Leaving Iran -- Nasr's Mother and Her Family -- Nasr Family Friends and Connections -- The Debate between Modernity and Tradition -- Religious Practices -- Relationship with God -- Muslim Practices -- Memories of Tehran -- Primary Schools -- New Technology -- Cars -- Movies -- Heroes -- Invasion of Allied Forces -- Part Two -- Going to America -- Cairo -- Aboard the Gripsholm -- New York -- The Peddie School Years -- Loss of and Reacquaintance with Persian Culture -- Athletics -- Intellectual Development -- Isolation -- Contacts with Christianity -- The M.I.T. Years -- Intellectual Crisis: Physics or Metaphysics? -- Leaving Physics -- Discovering the Traditionalists (Coomaraswamy and Schuon) -- Courses at Harvard -- The Harvard Years -- Islamic Studies -- Languages -- Thesis -- Harvard's Widener Library -- Influences and Encounters at Harvard -- Part Three -- Return to Iran -- Architecture and Sacred Space -- Tehran University -- Famous Students -- Teaching -- Theory of Education -- Studies with Traditional Masters -- 'Assār -- 'Allāmah Tabātabā'ī -- Qazwīnī -- Other Teachers -- Henry Corbin -- Teaching with Corbin -- Projects with Corbin -- Corbin and Mullā Sadrā -- Corbin and Religion -- Corbin and Islamic Philosophy -- Corbin and Heidegger -- Corbin Discovers Islamic Philosophy in Persia -- Corbin and Imamology -- Tabātabā'ī and Corbin -- Revival of the Islamic Intellectual Tradition -- The Imperial Iranian Academy of Philosophy -- Aryamehr University: Reconciling Modern Technology and Persian Culture -- Building the Isfahan Campus -- Political Problems -- The Question of the Use of Force -- Vocational Decisions -- Mounting Political Tensions in Iran. The Death of 'Allāmah Tabātabā'ī -- Part Four -- Leaving Iran -- Moving to the United States -- Temple University -- The George Washington University -- Travels in the Islamic World -- Travels in the Western World -- Self-Identity: Muslim, Persian or Global? -- Nostalgia for Iran -- What Is Persian Culture? -- Promethean Man and Pontifical Man -- Persian Joy and Sorrow -- Sacralization of Daily Life -- Architecture and the Modernization of Iranian Cities -- Sacred Architecture in the ModernWorld -- Persian andWestern Poetry -- Living the Spiritual Life -- Practicing Sufism -- What Is Spirituality? -- Part Five -- Spirituality: Esoteric and Exoteric -- Eso- and Exoterism in Christianity -- Eso- and Exoterism in Islam and Judaism -- Exoteric Barriers and Esoterism -- Religion's Response to Modernism -- Tradition -- What Is Tradition? -- Modernism -- Tradition's Answer to Historicism -- Descartes' Break from Tradition -- The Waning of the Western Tradition (Preparing the Ground for Descartes) -- Western Philosophy's Dependence on Astronomy -- The Primacy of Philosophy over Economics and Politics -- The Disruption of the Political Hierarchy -- Harmony and Dichotomy between Spiritual and Temporal Authority -- Muslim and Renaissance Interpretations of Greek Political Philosophy -- The Value of Tradition and the Critique of Modernism -- Alternative Paradigm -- Psychology -- Philosophy of Nature -- The Environmental Crisis -- The Sacred -- What Is the Sacred? -- Tradition and the Sacred -- Nature as Sacred -- Science and the Sacred -- Knowledge and the Sacred -- The Multiplicity of Religions -- Part Six -- What Is Modernism? -- Authentic Religions' Opposition to Modernism -- Critiques of Modernism -- Modern Western Critical Thought -- Modernism's Effect on Muslims -- Globilization and Diversity -- Muslims Throughout the World -- Western Images of Islam. The Arab Conquest -- John the Damascene -- The Middle Ages -- The Renaissance -- The Colonial Period -- The Romantic Era -- Modern Times -- Part Seven -- Art -- Traditional Art -- Religious Art and Sacred Art -- The Meaning of Islamic Art -- Part Eight -- Sufism -- Sufism in the Safavid Period -- Shi'ism and Sufism -- Sufism and Pacifism -- Sufism and Sunnism -- The Imams -- The Source of Sufism -- Interreligious Dialogue -- Sufism and Interreligious Dialogue -- Christianity Confronts Other Religions -- Islam in the West -- Islam and Other Religions -- Part Nine -- Modernism and Its Effect on Christianity -- Naturalism, Rationalism, and Nominalism -- Other Factors in the Secularization of the West -- Secular and Sacred Law -- Church and State in America and in the Islamic World -- The Resistance of Islamic Governments to Secularization -- Notes -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y -- Z.

Seyyed Hossein Nasr is one of the preeminent philosophers writing today. Sure to be a key resource for decades to come, In Search of the Sacred: A Conversation with Seyyed Hossein Nasr on His Life and Thought illuminates Nasr's experiences and shares his insights on topics from religion and philosophy to science and the arts. Based on a series of interviews, the book combines traditional autobiography with an exploration of the intellectual and spiritual trajectories of the author's thought during key periods of his life. In doing so, it presents a fascinating panorama, not only of the life and ideas of one man, but also of major events ranging from intellectual life in Iran during the Pahlavi period and the Iranian Revolution to some of the major religious and intellectual debates between Islam and modernism. Nasr writes that his "whole life has been a quest for the sacred." This work connects that quest with some of the most important issues of the day in encounters between Islam and the West.


Muslim philosophers.

Electronic books.

B5074.N374A3 2010