Table of Contents:
List of Transliterations — Preface to the Revised Edition — Preface to the Original Edition — Prologue: What Is Traditional Islam? — I. Contentious Issues Debated in Islamic Circles Today — 1. Islam in the Present-Day Islamic World An Overview — 2. Jihad Its Spiritual Significance — 3. Islamic Work Ethics — 4. The Male and the Female in the Islamic Perspective Remembering Certain Basic Principles — 5. Traditional Twelve-Imam Shi’ism and the Reality of Sht’ism Today — II. Traditional Islam and Modernism — 6. Islamic Spirituality — Reflections on Conditions Today and Prospects for Tomorrow — 7. Development in the Contemporary Islamic World — III. Tensions Between Tradition, Modernism, and Fundamentalism — Education — 8. Islamic Education, Philosophy, and Science A Survey in Light of Present-Day Challenges — 9. Islamic Philosophers’ Views on Education — Philosophy and Science — 10. Teaching Philosophy in Light of the Islamic Educational Ethos — 11. Traditional Islamic Science and Western Science Common Heritage, Diverse Destinies — Art and Architecture — 12. Islamic Art and Its Spiritual Significance in the Contemporary World — 13. The Architectural Transformation of the Urban Environment in the Islamic World — 14. The Principles of Islamic Architecture and Urban Design, and Contemporary Urban Problems — IV. Postscript — 15. The Islamic World Present Tendencies and Future Trends — Appendices — Appendix I. The Traditional Texts Used in the Persian Madrasahs and the Question of the Revival of Traditional Islamic Education — Appendix II. Philosophy in the Present-Day Islamic World — Appendix III. Western Interpreters of the Islamic Tradition Academic Scholars — A. In Commemoration of Louis Massignon: Catholic Scholar, Islamicist, and Mystic — B. Henry Corbin: The Life and Works of the Occidental Exile in Quest of the Orient of Light — Appendix IV. Islam and Some of the Major Western Traditionalists — A. RenE GuEnon and His Influence in the Islamic World — B. Frithjof Schuon and the Islamic Tradition — C. With Titus Burckhardt at the Tomb of Muhyi al-Din ibn ‘Arabi — D. Martin Lings and His Islamic Legacy — Credits — Notes — Index.
Copyright date: 2010.;Includes bibliographical references (p. -454) and index.
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