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Religion and the Order of Nature 1st Edition

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"The most comprehensive and intelligent treatment of its topic that has been written....Nasr is one of the major intellects of our day."--Huston Smith, University of California, Berkeley

About the Author

Seyyed Hossein Nasr is University Professor of Islam Studies at George Washington University.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 26, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019510823X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195108231
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Krista Casada on May 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Nasr's basic premise in this book is that the current ecological crisis stems from the fact that, about the time of the Renaissance, a large portion of humanity abandoned its traditional religion-based view of nature as a living and sacred creation of God, in favor of the view that nature is a dead machine that humans may manipulate however they choose.

Already, at this point, the reader may feel a bit uneasy--justifiably so, in my opinion. Nasr's reductionism leaves him reluctant to point out the substantial differences in the views of nature held by what he considers traditional religions. His stance is that all these religions (such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism) sprang from a common source and were appropriate for those times and places in which they manifested themselves. He believes that only by a mass return to the perennial philosophy embodied in these religions can the planet be saved. Not surprisingly, although he displays a broad and thorough knowledge of many of these traditions, his favorite is his own, Islam, which he considers superior.

Anyway . . .Nasr has some sound notions about ecology and philosophy, but his prejudices are pretty evident. His work is made a little less accessible than it might be for me personally by his references to himself as one of the top authorities in his field, and by his consistent use of the editorial "we" and "our" to refer to himself and his work. (Or is that the royal "we"? With him, it's a little hard to tell . . .)
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