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Christianity / Islam: Perspectives on Esoteric Ecumenism, A New Translation with Selected Letters
Christianity / Islam: Perspectives on Esoteric Ecumenism, A New Translation with Selected Letters
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Comparative Religion

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ISBN:  978-1-933316-49-9
Book Size:  6 x 9
# of Pages:  256
Language:  English

Schuon’s articles on the relationship between Christianity and Islam have profound implications for inter-faith dialogue. Several thought-provoking chapters shed light, from an inward dimension, upon the apparent outward contradictions between these two religions, notably in the field of moral divergences. This new edition is a fully revised translation of the original French edition and contains an extensive new Appendix with previously unpublished selections from his letters and other private writings.
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Frithjof Schuon

Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) is best known as the foremost spokesman of the “Traditionalist” or “Perennialist” school and as a philosopher in the metaphysical current of Shankara and Plato. He wrote more than two dozen books on metaphysical, spiritual, artistic, and ethnic themes and was a regular contributor to journals on comparative religion in both Europe and America. Schuon’s writings have been consistently featured and reviewed in a wide range of scholarly and philosophical publications around the world, respected by both scholars and spiritual authorities. Besides his prose writings, Schuon was also a prolific poet (see a listing of Schuon's poetry books) and a gifted painter of images that always portrayed the beauty and power of the divine, and the nobility and virtue of primordial humanity.

World Wisdom features a series titled "The Writings of Frithjof Schuon", which includes many new editions of classic books by Schuon in new translations and with additional materials. Our online Library contains many articles and poems written by Frithjof Schuon, allowing readers to see a representative sample of his remarkable body of work.

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Reviews of Christianity / Islam

“This work brings to its peak the author’s comparative studies of Christianity and Islam and demonstrates what ecumenism can be if taken seriously.”
Seyyed Hossein Nasr

“If I were asked who is the greatest writer of our time, I would say Frithjof Schuon without hesitation.”
Martin Lings, author of Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources

“[This] collection has some essays that will interest students engaged in the comparative study of. . . Islam and Christianity. More significantly, it succeeds in achieving an appropriate juxtaposition of the thought of two important theological representatives: Luther and al-Ashari, and. . .is an important contribution in comparative religion.”
Journal of the American Academy of Religion

“In reading Schuon I have the impression that I am going along parallel to him, and once in a while I will get a glimpse of what he means in terms of my own tradition and experience. . . . I appreciate him more and more.”
Thomas Merton, from a letter published in his The Hidden Ground of Love

“[Schuon is] the most important religious thinker of our century.”
Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions

“Readers . . . will certainly find in the writings of Schuon . . . completely new perspectives in every aspect of religious thought—on the meaning of symbolism, for example, or the idea of sin, or the warfare between scientism and religion, or the idea of esotericism, and much, much else. Very probably, it will seem to the reader that until now he has ignored an entire dimension in his thinking.”
Jacob Needleman, San Francisco State University

“M. Schuon’s thought does not demand that we agree or disagree but that we understand or do not understand. Such writing is of rare and lasting value.”
Times Literary Supplement, on Schuon’s Stations of Wisdom

“I have met with no more impressive work in the comparative study of Oriental and Occidental religion.”
T.S. Eliot , Nobel laureate for literature, on Schuon’s first book, The Transcendent Unity of Religions

“[Shuon is] the leading philosopher of Islamic theosophical mysticism.”
Annemarie Schimmel, Harvard University

“In M. Schuon’s writings we find no passion, but the serenity of the vision of ‘that which eternally exists, really and unchangeably’, outside the temporal which can destroy only itself. His work is full of calm and profound illumination.”
Kathleen Raine, author, editor, poet

Selection from our Library about Christianity / Islam
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Images of Islam (previously titled "Seeds of a Divergence")Christianity / Islam: Perspectives on Esoteric Ecumenism, A New Translation with Selected Letters Schuon, Frithjof Comparative Religion, Esoterism, History, Islam
The Question of ProtestantismChristianity/Islam: Perspectives on Esoteric Ecumenism, A New Translation with Selected LettersSchuon, Frithjof Christianity
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