The universality of Islam as a life-transaction and a spiritual path has been known to a relatively small group of men and women throughout history.
Shaykh ul Akbar (The Greatest Shaykh) ibn Arabi has stated this much in his famous poem of "Religion of Love":
My heart has become capable of every form: It is a pasture for gazelles, And a monastery for Christian monks, And a temple for idols, And the pilgrim to Ka'bah, And the tablets of the Torah, And the Book of the Qur'an. I follow the religion of Love: Whatever way Love's camel takes, That is my religion and my faith.
And Rumi's "Mathnawi", which is considered by some as an esoteric commentary on the Qur`an, attests to that.
But throughout history, there have been Muslims who have presented Islam as an exclusive religion, and in recent years, due to the political and violent actions of a few misguided Muslims, it's been hard to see Islam as a universalist religion.
Which is why, the school of Transcendent Unity of Religions, as elucidated and pioneered by Rene Genon, Ananda Coomaraswamy, Frithjof Schuon, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Martin Lings, and others, is a breath of fresh air, for it not only brings out the universality of Islam, which is hidden from many Muslims, it brings out the presence of that universal Truth, Perennial Wisdom, in every traditional religious path, be it Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, or Native American religions.
It is in this light that we must examine this gem of a book.Read more ›
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A solid addition for any Islamic studies collection focusing on scholarly discussions of the Muslim faithFeb. 15 2011
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Understanding is the key to a more peaceful planet. "Universal Dimensions of Islam: Studies in Comparative Religion" serves as a fascinating look into Islam as many writers delve into their own studies of faith, and how Islam and its culture can serve as a bridge connecting it to other faiths for a more understanding world. Insightful and enlightening, "Universal Dimensions of Islam" is a solid addition for any Islamic studies collection focusing on scholarly discussions of the Muslim faith.