The Study Quran – Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr

A world-renowned authority on Islam, Dr. Hossein Nasr, who currently teaches Islamic studies at George Washington University, has authored or contributed to some fifty books and hundreds of articles and papers. For the last decade, serving as general editor, he has worked with a group of eminent scholars on the ambitious—and urgent—project of producing a new translation of the Koran, with commentary. Now realized, this English edition of the great sacred text makes the Islamic tradition accessible to general readers both with its lucid, modern English and its wealth of maps, timelines, annotations, and analyses of relevant theological, geographical, and … Continue reading The Study Quran – Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Interview with Prof Seyyed Hossein Nasr

by Kaleem Hussain Originally published on: 26th May 2009 Interviewing Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr, the eminent specialist of the Islamic spiritual tradition, means talking about the core of spirituality in Islam, the contributions of Muslim scholars and thinkers in developing an original spiritual dimension, the formation and spread of schools and currents in Muslim sufism, and the role of Islamic spirituality in today’s world. In a learned, informed and easy discussion, Professor Nasr covers the issue brilliantly and shows what meaning can Sufism and spirituality bring to our modern world, to cure some of its ailments. Welcome to the Muslim Heritage … Continue reading Interview with Prof Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Rumi and the Sufi Tradition – by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Wine in ferment is a beggar suing for our ferment, Heaven in revolution is a beggar suing for our consciousness. Wine was intoxicated with us, not we with it; the body came into being from us, not we from it. (Mathnawī, I,1811, trans. by R. A. Nicholson). LIKE a majestic peak that dominates the countryside around it near and far, the figure of Mawlānā Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī, that supreme Sufi poet of the Persian language, dominates the whole of the later Sufi tradition in the eastern lands of Islam. He stands out as aspiritual pole not only for the Persian people to whom he belongs by … Continue reading Rumi and the Sufi Tradition – by Seyyed Hossein Nasr