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About the Author
Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr was born in Tehran, Iran in 1933. He received his advanced education at M.I.T. and Harvard University, returning to teach at Tehran University from 1958-1979, where he also served as Dean of the Faculty of Letters and Vice Chancellor. He founded the Iranian Academy of Philosophy and served as its first president, and was also for several years president of Aryamehr University. Since 1984, he has been University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and President of the Foundation for Traditional Studies.
Also by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
A Young Muslim’s Guide to the Modern World
An Introduction to Islamic Cosmological Doctrines
Ideals and Realities of Islam
Islam-Religion, History, and Civilization
Islam and the Plight of Modern Man
Islamic Art and Spirituality
Islamic Life and Thought
Islamic Science-An Illustrated Study
Knowledge and the Sacred
Man and Nature-The Spiritual Crisis of Modern Man
Muhammad-Man of God
Religion and the Order of Nature
Science and Civilization in Islam
The Islamic Intellectual Tradition in Persia
The Need for a Sacred Science
Three Muslim Sages
Traditional Islam in the Modern World
All translations of poetry are by S. H. Nasr unless otherwise noted.
THE HEART OF ISLAM: Enduring Values for Humanity
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