In Search of the Lost Heart: Explorations in Islamic Thought

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SUNY Press, Feb 15, 2012 - Religion - 397 pages
In Search of the Lost Heart brings together twenty-six essays by William C. Chittick, renowned scholar of Sufism and Islamic philosophy. Written between 1975 and 2011, most of these essays are not readily available in Chittick s own books. Although this is a collection, its editors have crafted it to be a book sufficient unto itself, which, when taken as a whole, can be said to explore the underlying worldview of Islam.

Chittick draws upon the writings of towering figures such as Ibn al- Arabi, Rumi, and Mulla ?adra, as well as other important, but lesser-known thinkers, as he engages with a wide variety of topics, such as the nature of being and knowledge, the relationship between love and scriptural hermeneutics, the practical and theoretical dimensions of Islamic mysticism, the phenomenon of religious diversity, and the ecological crisis.
 

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Contents

1 Islam in Three Dimensions
3
2 The Bodily Gestures of the Salat
23
3 Weeping in Islam and the Sufi Tradition
27
4 A Shādhilī Presence in Shiite Islam
39
5 The Pluralistic Vision of Persian Sufi Poetry
43
6 The Real Shamsi Tabrīzī
49
7 The Koran as the Lovers Mirror
57
Part II Ibn alArabī and His Influence
69
18 Bābā Afdals Psychology
211
19 Mullā Şadrā on Perception
221
20 Eschatology in Islamic Thought
233
21 The Circle of Life
259
22 The Goal of Philosophy
267
Part IV Reflections on Contemporary Issues
275
23 The Metaphysical Roots of War and Peace
277
24 Harmony with the Cosmos
291

8 A History of the Term Wahdat alWujūd
71
9 The Question of Ibn alArabīs Influence on Rūmī
89
10 Ibn alArabī on the Benefit of Knowledge
101
11 Qūnawī Neoplatonism and the Circle of Ascent
113
12 Farghānī on Oneness and Manyness
133
13 Jāmī on the Perfect Man
143
14 Two Treatises by Khwāja Khurd
153
15 A Debate Between the Soul and the Spirit
171
16 A Sufi Handbook from Bijapur
181
Part III Islamic Philosophy
199
17 Rūmī and the Wooden Leg of Reason
201
25 Stray Camels in China
299
26 In Search of the Lost Heart
313
Chronological List of Historical Figures Cited
327
Chapter Sources
329
Books by William C Chittick
331
Notes
335
Bibliography
365
Index of Koranic Passages
375
Index of Hadiths and Sayings
383
Index
387
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About the author (2012)

William C. Chittick is Professor of Religious Studies at Stony Brook University, State University of New York. He is the author and translator of numerous books and articles on Islamic thought, Sufism, Shi ism, and Persian literature. His books include The Self-Disclosure of God: Principles of Ibn al- Arabi s Cosmology; Imaginal Worlds: Ibn al- Arabi and the Problem of Religious Diversity; Faith and Practice of Islam: Three Thirteenth-Century Sufi Texts; The Sufi Path of Knowledge: Ibn al- Arabi s Metaphysics of Imagination; The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi; and A Shi ite Anthology, all published by SUNY Press.

Mohammed Rustom is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Carleton University.

Atif Khalil is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Lethbridge. Kazuyo Murata is a doctoral candidate in Islamic Studies at Yale University.

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