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In Search of the Lost Heart: Explorations in Islamic Thought

In Search of the Lost Heart: Explorations in Islamic Thought

by William C. Chittick
     
 

ISBN-10: 1438439369

ISBN-13: 9781438439365

Pub. Date: 07/02/2012

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Renowned scholar William C. Chittick explores the worldview of Islam in a series of essays written over thirty-six years.

In Search of the Lost Heart brings together twenty-six essays by William C. Chittick, renowned scholar of Sufism and Islamic philosophy. Written between 1975 and 2011, most of these essays are not readily available in

Overview

Renowned scholar William C. Chittick explores the worldview of Islam in a series of essays written over thirty-six years.

In Search of the Lost Heart brings together twenty-six essays by William C. Chittick, renowned scholar of Sufism and Islamic philosophy. Written between 1975 and 2011, most of these essays are not readily available in Chittick’s own books. Although this is a collection, its editors have crafted it to be a book “sufficient unto itself, which, when taken as a whole, can be said to explore the underlying worldview of Islam.”

Chittick draws upon the writings of towering figures such as Ibn al-‘Arabī, Rūmī, and Mullā Ṣadrā, as well as other important, but lesser-known thinkers, as he engages with a wide variety of topics, such as the nature of being and knowledge, the relationship between love and scriptural hermeneutics, the practical and theoretical dimensions of Islamic mysticism, the phenomenon of religious diversity, and the ecological crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438439365
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/02/2012
Pages:
411
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

A Note on Transliteration and Style ix

Editors' Introduction xi

I Sufism and the Islamic Tradition

1 Islam in Three Dimensions 3

2 The Bodily Gestures of the Salat 23

3 Weeping in Islam and the Sufi Tradition 27

4 A Shadhili Presence in Shi'ite Islam 39

5 The Pluralistic Vision of Persian Sufi Poetry 43

6 The Real Shams-i Tabriz! 49

7 The Koran as the Lover's Mirror 57

II Ibn al-?cArabi and His Influence

8 A History of the Term Wahdat al-Wujud 71

9 The Question of Ibn al-?Arabi's "Influence" on Rumi 89

10 Ibn al-?Arabi on the Benefit of Knowledge 101

11 Qunawi, Neoplatonism, and the Circle of Ascent 113

12 Farghani on Oneness and Manyness 133

13 Jami on the Perfect Man 143

14 Two Treatises by Khwaja Khurd 153

15 A Debate Between the Soul and the Spirit 171

16 A Chishti Handbook from Bijapur 181

III Islamic Philosophy

17 Rumi and the Wooden Leg of Reason 201

18 Baba Afdal's Psychology 211

19 Mulla Sadra on Perception 221

20 Eschatology in Islamic Thought 233

21 The Circle of Life 259

22 The Goal of Philosophy 267

IV Reflections on Contemporary Issues

23 The Metaphysical Roots of War and Peace 277

24 Harmony with the Cosmos 291

25 Stray Camels in China 299

26 In Search of the Lost Heart 313

Appendix I A Chronological List of Historical Figures Cited 327

Appendix II Chapter Sources 329

Appendix III Books by William C. Chittick 331

Notes 335

Bibliography 365

Index of Koranic Passages 375

Index of Hadiths and Sayings 383

Index of Names and Technical Terms 387

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