"One of the most original and thought-provoking contributions to genuinely Islamic thought in the past half-century." -- James Morris - Professor and Chair of Islamic Studies at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter
"This book has the power of a complete re-evaluation of the Islamic intellectual tradition. Highly recommended." -- Ravi Ravindra - author of /Science and the Sacred/ and Professor Emeritus, Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada
"William Chittick is the most exciting writer on Sufism today, combining as he does a genuine passion for the subject with a scholarly objectivity that is truly impressive." -- Oliver Leaman - Professor of Philosophy and Zantker Professor of Judaic Studies, University of Kentucky
"He is the most prolific scholar of Islamic philosophy and Sufism in the West. In this marvellous and original collection of essays for the first time Prof. Chittick offers his own personal reflections on the Science vs. Religion, Modernity vs. Tradition, and Reason vs. Revelation debates in Islam." -- Leonard Lewisohn - Author of The Heritage of Sufism, and Iran Heritage Foundation Fellow in Persian and Sufi Literature, Exeter University
"William Chittick exploits his studied familiarity with Islamic intellectual tradition to offer a striking alternative: a mode of knowing which cannot escape the interior disciplines of knowing the self. Islam can return us to Socrates and to our own souls; are we ready?" -- David Burrell -
William Chittick is the most exciting writer on Sufism today, combining as he does a genuine passion for the subject with a scholarly objectivity that is truly impressive. -- Oliver Leaman - Professor of Philosophy and Zantker Professor of Judaic Studies, University of Kentucky
About the Author
William C. Chittick is professor of Persian Languages at Stony Brook University, New York. He is the author and translator of twenty-five books and one hundred articles on Islamic thought, Sufism, Shi'ism, and Persian literature, including Oneworld's Sufism: A Short Introduction.