The Essential Titus Burckhardt: Reflections on Sacred Art, Faiths, and Civilizations

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World Wisdom, Inc, 2003 - 328 pages
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An introduction to the thought of one of the greatest perennialist authors of the twentieth century.

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"In order to understand a culture," writes German-Swiss traditionalist Titus Burckhardt (1908-84), "it is necessary to love it, and one can only do this on the basis of the universal and timeless ... Read full review


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Nature of Kingship 161
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Yinyang 210
Story of Nicolas Flamel and his Wife Perrenelle 221
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Different types of traditional crosses 121
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jrabic Compared With Other Languages 155
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Rooftop scene sketch by Titus Burckhardt 304
p Radha and Krishna in the Sacred Grove Kangra Valley
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p Resurrection ChurchontheDebre Kostroma Russia

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Born in Tehran, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, the son of an educator, received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1958, after which he returned to Iran to teach and eventually to become a university chancellor. He was compelled to leave his native country after the revolution of 1979 and since then has taught in universities in the United States. Deeply influenced by the mystical Sufi tradition, Nasr is less concerned with reconciling the faith with modernism and is more concerned with presenting a traditionalist, though mystical, interpretation of religion that offers a way out of the contradictions of modernity. Through authentic spiritual experience, Nasr holds, one can penetrate the superficiality of modern scientific and other knowledge to find eternal truth. He is associated with the neotraditionalist school of philosophy. Undoubtedly, Nasr has had more general influence in the Western philosophical world than any other contemporary philosopher in the Islamic tradition.

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