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In Search of the Lost Heart
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Renowned scholar William C. Chittick explores the worldview of Islam in a series of essays written over thirty-six years. 'In Search of the Lost Heart brings together twenty-six essays by William C. Chittick, renowned scholar of Sufism and Islamic philosophy. Written between 1975 and 2011, most of these essays are not readily available in Chittick’s own books. Although this is a collection, its editors have crafted it to be a book “sufficient unto itself, which, when taken as a whole, can be said to explore the underlying worldview of Islam.” Chittick draws upon the writings of towering figures such as Ibn al->Arabiµ, Ruµmiµ, and Mullaµ S|adraµ, as well as other important, but lesser-known thinkers, as he engages with a wide variety of topics, such as the nature of being and knowledge, the relationship between love and scriptural hermeneutics, the practical and theoretical dimensions of Islamic mysticism, the phenomenon of religious diversity, and the ecological crisis.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. A Note on Transliteration and Style
  2. pp. ix-11
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  1. Editors’ Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Part I: Sufism and the Islamic Tradition
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. Chapter 1: Islam in Three Dimensions
  2. pp. 3-21
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  1. Chapter 2: The Bodily Gestures of the Ṣalāt
  2. pp. 23-26
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  1. Chapter 3: Weeping in Islam and the Sufi Tradition
  2. pp. 27-37
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  1. Chapter 4: A Shādhilī Presence in Shi'ite Islam
  2. pp. 39-41
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  1. Chapter 5: The Pluralistic Vision of Persian Sufi Poetry
  2. pp. 43-48
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  1. Chapter 6: The Real Shams-i Tabrīzī
  2. pp. 49-55
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  1. Chapter 7: The Koran as the Lover’s Mirror
  2. pp. 57-68
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  1. Part II: Ibn al-'Arabī and His Influence
  2. pp. 69-85
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  1. Chapter 8: A History of the Term Waḥdat al-Wujūd
  2. pp. 71-88
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  1. Chapter 9: The Question of Ibn al-'Arabī’s “Influence” on Rūmī
  2. pp. 89-99
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  1. Chapter 10: Ibn al-'Arabī on the Benefit of Knowledge
  2. pp. 101-111
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  1. Chapter 11: Qūnawī, Neoplatonism, and the Circle of Ascent
  2. pp. 113-132
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  1. Chapter 12: Farghānī on Oneness and Manyness
  2. pp. 133-142
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  1. Chapter 13: Jāmī on the Perfect Man
  2. pp. 143-152
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  1. Chapter 14: Two Treatises by Khwāja Khurd
  2. pp. 153-169
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  1. Chapter 15: A Debate Between the Soul and the Spirit
  2. pp. 171-180
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  1. Chapter 16: A Chishtī Handbook from Bijapur
  2. pp. 181-198
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  1. Part III: Islamic Philosophy
  2. pp. 199-215
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  1. Chapter 17: Rūmī and the Wooden Leg of Reason
  2. pp. 201-209
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  1. Chapter 18: Bābā Afḍal’s Psychology
  2. pp. 211-219
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  1. Chapter 19: Mullā Ṣadrā on Perception
  2. pp. 221-231
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  1. Chapter 20: Eschatology in Islamic Thought
  2. pp. 233-257
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  1. Chapter 21: The Circle of Life
  2. pp. 259-266
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  1. Chapter 22: The Goal of Philosophy
  2. pp. 267-273
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  1. Part IV: Reflections on Contemporary Issues
  2. pp. 275-291
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  1. Chapter 23: The Metaphysical Roots of War and Peace
  2. pp. 277-290
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  1. Chapter 24: Harmony with the Cosmos
  2. pp. 291-297
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  1. Chapter 25: Stray Camels in China
  2. pp. 299-311
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  1. Chapter 26: In Search of the Lost Heart
  2. pp. 313-325
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  1. Appendix I: A Chronological List of Historical Figures Cited
  2. pp. 327-328
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  1. Appendix II: Chapter Sources
  2. pp. 329-330
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  1. Appendix III: Books by William C. Chittick
  2. pp. 331-333
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 335-364
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 365-374
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  1. Index of Koranic Passages
  2. pp. 375-382
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  1. Index of Hadiths and Sayings
  2. pp. 383-385
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  1. Index of Names and Technical Terms
  2. pp. 387-397
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 414-414
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