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In search of the sacred : a conversation with Seyyed Hossein Nasr on his life and thought

Author: Seyyed Hossein Nasr; Ramin Jahanbegloo
Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, ©2010.
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In this book, a series of interviews offers an accessible, revealing, human and intellectual biography of leading Islamic scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr. --from publisher description.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Interviews
Named Person: Seyyed Hossein Nasr; Seyyed Hossein Nasr; Ḥusain Naṣr; Husain Nasr
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Seyyed Hossein Nasr; Ramin Jahanbegloo
ISBN: 9780313383243 0313383243 9780313383250 0313383251
OCLC Number: 502675645
Description: xxxiv, 373 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Childhood --
Ancestors --
Early Memories --
Nasr's Father --
Pneumatic Child --
Traditional and Modern Education: A Synthesis --
Leaving Iran --
Nasr's Mother and Her Family --
Nasr Family Friends and Connections --
Debate between Modernity and Tradition --
Religious Practices --
Relationship with God --
Muslim Practices --
Memories of Tehran --
Primary Schools --
New Technology --
Cars --
Movies --
Heroes --
Reza Shah --
Gandhi --
Invasion of Allied Forces --
Going to America --
Cairo --
Aboard the Gripsholm --
New York --
Peddie School Years --
Loss of and Reacquaintance with Persian Culture --
Athletics --
Intellectual Development --
Isolation --
Contacts with Christianity --
M.I.T. Years --
Intellectual Crisis: Physics or Metaphysics? --
Georgio De Santillana --
Bertrand Russell --
Soul-Searching --
René Guénon --
Leaving Physics --
Discovering the Traditionalists (Coomaraswamy and Schuon) --
Courses at Harvard --
Harvard Years --
Islamic Studies --
Languages --
Thesis --
Harvard's Widener Library --
Influences and Encounters at Harvard --
Professors --
Paul Tillich --
Authors --
Greek Philosophers --
Medieval Western Philosophy --
Renaissance Philosophers --
Modern Western Philosophers --
Heidegger --
Greatest Influences --
Return to Iran --
Architecture and Sacred Space --
Tehran University --
Famous Students --
Teaching --
Theory of Education --
Studies with Traditional Masters --
'Assir --
'Allamah Tabataba'i --
Qazwini --
Other Teachers --
Henry Corbin --
Teaching with Corbin --
Projects with Corbin --
Corbin and Mulla Sadra --
Corbin and Religion --
Corbin and Islamic Philosophy --
Corbin and Heidegger --
Corbin Discovers Islamic Philosophy in Persia --
Corbin and Imamology --
Tabataba'i and Corbin --
Revival of the Islamic Intellectual Tradition --
Imperial Iranian Academy of Philosophy --
Aryamehr University: Reconciling Modern Technology and Persian Culture --
Building the Isfahan Campus --
Political Problems --
Question of the Use of Force --
Vocational Decisions --
Mounting Political Tensions in Iran --
Death of 'Allamah Tabataba'i --
Leaving Iran --
Moving to the United States --
Temple University --
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 Modern World --
Persian and Western Poetry --
Sufi Poetry in the West --
Living the Spiritual Life --
Practicing Sufism --
What Is Spirituality? --
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 --
Waning of the Western Tradition (Preparing the Ground for Descartes) --
Western Philosophy's Dependence on Astronomy --
Primacy of Philosophy over Economics and Politics --
Disruption of the Political Hierarchy --
Harmony and Dichotomy between Spiritual and Temporal Authority --
Muslim and Renaissance Interpretations of Greek Political Philosophy --
Value of Tradition and the Critique of Modernism --
Alternative Paradigm --
Psychology --
Philosophy of Nature --
Controlling Technology --
Environmental Crisis --
Sacred --
What Is the Sacred? --
Tradition and the Sacred --
Nature as Sacred --
Science and the Sacred --
Knowledge and the Sacred --
Multiplicity of Religions --
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 --
Arab Conquest --
John the Damascene --
Middle Ages --
Renaissance --
Colonial Period --
Romantic Era --
Modern Times --
Art --
Traditional Art --
What Is Traditional Art? --
Naturalism --
After Naturalism --
Form --
Utility --
Beauty --
Religious Art and Sacred Art --
Sacred in the Modern World --
Meaning of Islamic Art --
Understanding the Sacred Art of Other Religions --
Art and Education --
Traditional Islamic Art --
Master and Apprentice --
Representations of God --
Persian Art --
Unity in Diverse Schools of Islamic Art --
Sufism --
Sufism in the Safavid Period --
Shi'ism and Sufism --
Sufism and Pacifism --
Sufism and Sunnism --
Imams --
Source of Sufism --
Interreligious Dialogue --
Sufism and Interreligious Dialogue --
Christianity Confronts Other Religions --
Islam in the West --
Islam and Other Religions --
Modernism and Its Effect on Christianity --
Naturalism, Rationalism, and Nominalism --
Other Factors in the Secularization of the West --
Protestantism's Secularizing Influence --
Secular and Sacred Law --
Church and State in America and in the Islamic World --
Resistance of Islamic Governments to Secularization.
Responsibility: Seyyed Hossein Nasr with Ramin Jahanbegloo ; introduction by Terry Moore.

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