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"A sgnificant addition to the literature on Islamic architecture." --Library Journal

About the Author

Nader Ardalan, graduate of Carnegie Mellon with a M.Arch. from Harvard University, is presently Senior Vice President of Design with the Kuwaiti Engineering Office (KEO) International in Kuwait and recently designed the Waterside Development Suk in Kuwait. Laleh Bakhtiar, Ph.D. is author of Sufi Expressions of the Mystic Quest along with many other books on Islam and Sufism. She is president of the Institute of Traditional Psychology in Chicago where she teaches traditional psychology and its formation of the Sufi Enneagram.
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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Kazi Publications, Inc.; 2nd edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1871031788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871031782
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laleh Bakhtiar holds a BA in History from Chatham College, Masters degrees in Philosophy and Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of New Mexico. Bakhtiar is a Licensed Professional Psychotherapist in the State of Illinois. She also taught courses on Islam at the University of Chicago. She is co-author of A Sense of Unity: The Sufi Tradition in Persian Architecture (University of Chicago Press) and author of SUFI Expressions of the Mystic Quest (Thames and Hudson), as well as a three volume work, God's Will Be Done, on Moral Healing and some 15 other books on various aspects of Islam.

Bakhtiar is the leading authority on spiritual chivalry, most clearly expressed in the Sufi Enneagram, also known as the Greater Struggle. She has also translated over 30 books on Islam and the Islamic movement into English.

Bakhtiar is the first woman to present a critical translation the Quran in any language. In her Sublime Quran translation she interprets the controversial verse that has lead to domestic violence in the Islamic community to the way the Prophet understood it. Instead of husbands being allowed to beat their wives, she translates: "husbands should go away," let the anger subside and then consult with one another.

Her translation has been introduced into evidence in child custody cases in the United States to counteract Muslim husbands saying that their religion allows them to beat their wives and is available for free viewing on www.islamawakened.com as well as having been chosen by HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan to appear on his website, www.altafsir.com for the 6 million+ visitors to his website.

Bakhtiar is presently Director of the Institute of Traditional Psychology and Resident Scholar at Kazi Publications.

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This is an extraordinary study of the roots and history of Persian architecture, vividly illustrated. Two thousand years of space, form and culture and a discussion of the roots roots of it. Written in the time of the last Shah when the clergy was banished from government and Iran was leaping into the modern world. Where, I wonder, are the authors today?
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The information contained in this book has influenced some of my favorite contemporary artists, like Monir Farmanfarmaian and Bill Viola. I faintly remember seeing the book as a child in Iran. I was reacquainted with "A Sense of Unity" in 2007 during the making of "The Night Journey", an experimental video game, when Mr. Viola brought his copy to a team meeting. He flipped through it, as he read passages and pointed to illustration, to help us understand how it changed his life when he first read it in his 20s.
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Everyone in this country could benefit from reading just the preface of this wonderful book. "Islamic terrorists" have created the "terror" of a prejudice that grossly misrepresents the underlying Spiritual truths of this religion. This deprives us of the wonderful principles, philosophy, morals, art, music, literature and, of course, architecture that are expressed through this world view. This work is original and unique in it's scholarly and artistic presentation of Persian roots in both ancient and modern architecture. Perfect for the coffee table of enlightened readers and their guests.
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