The Islamic Tradition - An Introduction

The Islamic Tradition - An Introduction

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Author: Abd-al-Jabbar Danner
Publisher: Adam Publishers
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 312
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174353879


Numerous works on Islam have appeared in the West in the past century or so, explaining its ideas and practices, its history, its arts, and a host of other aspects. Most of these books were written by outsiders a few from the inside. This fact has to be taken into account when questioning both insiders’ conclusions and some outsiders conclusions that might not square with the Islamic tradition.

Books written by non-Muslims are not necessarily defective merely because of their perspective, since it is always possible for the author to have a perfectly traditional attitude. Likewise, books written by Muslims are not always to be taken as authentic simply because their authors are of the faith, for many of them are modernists who are merely following in the footsteps of those Western outsiders whom they admire and wish to emulate. As a result, they may contribute little beyond functioning as indices of how the tradition has fared in their won hands.

The key to understanding Islam as both a religion and a civilization lies in its traditional doctrines, whether they be Gnostic, theological, philosophical, spiritual, cosmological, psychological, or eschatological. Those doctrines were sufficiently varied so that they could embrace the aspirations of the common people and the elite alike, without anyone feeling that his needs had not been provided for or that there was something lacking in the world around him, a world saturated with the beauty of Islam in its architecture, music, literature, clothing, and even the pomp and pageantry of the state.

Their writings prove that there is an ever-living vitality in traditional doctrines and that there will always be individuals interested in their truths, even though the spiritual darkness and turmoil of the times oppose such ageless wisdom, which will have the final say.



The Cycles of Revelation

Muhammad the Messenger

The Nature of the Qur’an

The Spiritual Path of Islam

The Sacred Law of Islam

The Islam Intellectual Tradition

The Arts of Islam

The Contemporary Muslim World


Glossary of Islamic Terms

The Ninety Nine Names

The Names of the Prophet Muhammad

The Prophets and Messengers in the Qur’an

List of References