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Biography of William Chittick

William C. Chittick is a professor in the Department of Comparative Studies at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. Among his publications are The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi (1983), The Psalms of Islam (1988), The Self-Disclosure of God: Principles of Ibn al-`Arabî's Cosmology (1998), Sufism: A Short Introduction (2000), and The Heart of Islamic Philosophy: The Quest for Self-Knowledge in the Teachings of Afdal al-Dîn Kâshânî (2001). He is also the author of The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi: Illustrated Edition which was published by World Wisdom in 2005.

Professor Chittick is one the world’s leading translators and interpreters of the mystical poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi. He is also recognized for his translation and interpretation of the writings of the great Sufi theorist and poet, Ibn Arabi.

Drawing mainly from the writings of the thirteenth century Sufi Ibn Arabi, at the "Paths to the Heart" Conference in South Carolina on October 18-20, 2001, Professor Chittick presented a lecture, “On the Cosmology of Dhikr”, which can be found in Paths to the Heart, which is part of World Wisdom's Perennial Philosophy series. This article investigates the role of the divine names in the creation of the universe and the role of human beings in perfecting the world by remembering God.


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World Wisdom books by William Chittick

  • The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi
    • ForeWord Book of the Year Award Bronze Medal for “Religion”
    • Silver Midwest Book Award for “Religion/Philosophy”

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William Chittick’s Writings Online
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William Chittick presents a detailed account of the meaning of knowledge in the thought of the renowned Sufi metaphysician Ibn ‘Arabī. Chittick first surveys the various Arabic terms that designate “knowledge”, such as ‘ilm and ma‘rifa, and then proceeds to distinguish various types of knowledge, such as knowledge of God, knowledge of the cosmos, and knowledge of the Divine Law (Sharī‘ah). Chittick shows that for Ibn ‘Arabī certain forms of knowledge are more beneficial than others because they pertain to the realm of Necessity rather than to the realm of “possibility” or contingency.
Ibn ‘Arabī on the Benefit of KnowledgeThe Essential SophiaChittick, William Islam
The Nature of Man — Universal ManThe Sufi Doctrine of Rumi: Illustrated EditionChittick, William Sufism
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Summary: This lecture, entitled "A Traditional Approach to Learning", was given by Chittick at the Sacred Web Conference on "Tradition in the Modern World" in Edmonton at The University of Alberta, September 2006. Dr. Chittick's topic is closely related to the essay "Intellectual Freedom" by Lord Northborne on www.studiesincomparativereligion.com
Total Running Time - 46 minutes 47 seconds
Low Res File Size - 134.1M (streamed)
High Res File Size - 246.2M (streamed)

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William Chittick - Traditional Learning
This lecture, entitled "A Traditional Approach to Learning", was given by Chittick at the Sacred Web Conference on "Tradition in the Modern World" in Edmonton at The University of Alberta, September 2006. Dr. Chittick's topic is closely related to the essay "Intellectual Freedom" by Lord Northborne on www.studiesincomparativereligion.com
Total Running Time - 46 minutes 47 seconds
Low Res File Size - 134.1M (streamed)
High Res File Size - 246.2M (streamed)

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William Chittick - Traditional Learning
This lecture, entitled "A Traditional Approach to Learning", was given by Chittick at the Sacred Web Conference on "Tradition in the Modern World" in Edmonton at The University of Alberta, September 2006. Dr. Chittick's topic is closely related to the essay "Intellectual Freedom" by Lord Northborne on www.studiesincomparativereligion.com
Total Running Time - 46 minutes 47 seconds
Low Res File Size - 134.1M (streamed)
High Res File Size - 246.2M (streamed)

Quotes on William Chittick

"[Chittick’s] books will always remain most important milestones in the study of Islamic mystical theology."
-Annemarie Schimmel, author and scholar on Islam and Sufism

"…The range and authenticity of [Chittick’s] books have no parallel in the list of English-language books on Islamic spirituality."
-Frederick M. Denny, University of Colorado


William Chittick’s Bibliography

  • The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi (2005)

  • The Meccan Revelations (of Ibn Arabi), translated by William C. Chittick, (2002)

  • The Heart of Islamic Philosophy: The Quest for Self-Knowledge in the Teachings of Afdal Al-Din Kashani (2001)

  • Sufism (2000)

  • The Self-Disclosure of God: Principles of Ibn Al-'Arabi's Cosmology (SUNY Series in Islam)

  • (1997)
  • The Vision of Islam (Visions of Reality. Understanding Religions) , co-authored with Sachiko Murata (1995)

  • Imaginal Worlds: Ibn Al-'Arabi and the Problem of Religious Diversity (SUNY Series in Islam) (1994)

  • Faith and Practice of Islam: Three Thirteenth Century Sufi Texts (SUNY Series in Islam) (1992)

  • The Sufi Path of Knowledge (1989)

  • The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi (SUNY Series, Islamic Spirituality) (1983)


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