Islamic Life and Thought

By Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Paperback : 9780873954914, 232 pages, June 1981
Hardcover : 9780873954907, 232 pages, June 1984

Table of contents


Law and Society

1 Religion and Secularism, their Meaning and Manifestation in Islamic History

2 The Concept and Reality of Freedom in Islam and Islamic Civilisation

3 The Shari'ah and Changing Historical Conditions

4 The Immutable Principles of Islam and Westernised Education in the Islamic World

Cultural and Intellectual Life

5 A Typological Study of Islamic Culture

6 A Panorama of Classical Islamic Intellectual Life

The Sciences

7 The Cosmologies of Aristotle and Ibn Sina: a Comparative Study in the Light of Islamic Doctrines

8 The Meaning of Nature in Various Perspectives in Islam

9 Hermes and Hermetic Writings in the Islamic World

10 From the Alchemy of Jabir to the Chemistry of Razi

11 The Study of Natural History in the Islamic World


12 The Pertinence of Studying Islamic Philosophy Today

13 Islamic Philosophy -Reorientation or Re-understanding

14 The Life, Doctrines and Significance of Sadr al-Din Shirazi (Mulla Sadra)

15 Mulla Sadra as a Source for the History of Islamic Philosophy

16 Mulla Sadra and the Doctrine of the Unity of Being

17 The Polarisation of Being


18 The Interior Life in Islam

19 Contemplation and Nature in the Perspective of Sufism

Postscript: The Islamic Response to Certain Contemporary Questions

Jesus Through the Eyes of Islam

The Role of Women - The Islamic View

Why do Muslims Fast?

Why We Should Keep the Hijrah Calendar