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Nasr is not only a highly regarded and influential Islamic scholar (George Washington Univ.); he is also an extremely prolific writer who has produced more than 50 books (e.g., Religion and the Order of Nature) and 500 articles. For this reason, creating a book from his writings that accurately portrays his most important ideas is a major challenge. Editor Chittick (Sufism: A Beginner's Guide) meets this challenge in an exceptional way. After his informative introduction and a helpful foreword by Huston Smith (The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition), Chittick divides Nasr's key ideas into the categories of religion, Islam, and tradition. There are three chapters under the first category and nine chapters under each of the latter two categories. Considered as a whole, the book reveals Nasr as a major Islamic scholar who is also very knowledgeable about other world religions and with philosophy in general. With this broad intellectual background, he is able to write insightfully about myriad topics relating to religion. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.