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In Search of the Lost Heart: Explorations in Islamic Thought

Abstract

Arabic and Persian terms have been transliterated in accordance with the system employed by the (), with the following major exceptions: (1) no distinction is made in transliterating consonants shared between Arabic and Persian; (2) complete transliterations of book and article titles have been retained throughout; (3) in contexts where transliteration is not an absolute necessity (i.e., book/article titles and technical expressions), certain terms that appear on the word list, namely hajj, imam……(download below)

Rumi’s View of Imam Husayn – William C. Chittick

Abstract

The martyrdom of the Imam Husayn can hardly be called a major
theme of Rumi’s works; in over 50,000 couplets he refers to it less
than twenty times. Nevertheless, these few lines are sufficient to
suggest how the events of Karbala’ were viewed not only by Rumi’s,
this great representative of the………….
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Love in Islamic Thought – William C. Chittick

Abstract

Western studies of Islam have paid relatively little attention to love. Early scholars
were heirs to a long history of European animosity toward this upstart religion and tended to
assume that love was a Christian monopoly. When Muslim writing on love did come to their
attention, they typically considered it peripheral or borrowed, often by classifying it as “Sufi.”
As Carl Ernst explains, “The term Sufi-ism was invented at the end of the eighteenth century, as
an appropriation of those portions of ‘Oriental’ culture that Europeans found attractive.
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Equilibrium and Realization: William Chittick on Self and the Cosmos by Muhammed Rustom

Equilibrium and Realization – William Chittick on Self and the Cosmos by Muhammad Rustom

Themes of Love in Islamic Mystical Theology by William Chittick

Themes of Love in Islamic Mystical Theology

“Muslim scholars who talked about love agreed that it is indefinable. In discussions of human love, they typically limited themselves to describing its symptoms, characteristics, and consequences. They summarized these along the lines of “yearning for union.” By using the word union, they were saying that the goal of lovers is to come together, not to stay apart. They understood love as the energy that brings about the encounter of God and man…”

The Bodily Positions of the Ritual Prayer by William Chittick

The Bodily Positions of the Ritual Prayer. –

Prof. William Chittick discusses the inner meaning of the bodily positions of the Salah.

Rashid al-Din Maybudi’s Tafsir Kashf al-Asrar – Tr. William Chittick

Rashid al-Din Maybudi’s Kashf al-Asrar – Tr. William Chittick

The full name of this commentary is Kashf al-asrār wa ʿuddat al-abrār (“The unveiling of the mysteries and the provision of the pious”). It is the longest Sunni commentary in the Persian language.  Selections translated by William Chittick.

A Sufi Approach to Religious Diversity: Ibn al-‘Arabi on the Metaphysics of Revelation

 

A Sufi Approach to Religious Diversity – Ibn al-Arabi on the Metaphysics of Revelation by William Chittick