Professor Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Professor Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Location of Activities

North America
Vice-President, Congress of Faiths

Professor of Islamic Studies, George Washington University

Seyyed Hossein Nasr is the only Muslim to be included in the Library of Living Philosophers and has written over 50 books and over 500 articles. A University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University, he remains one of the most influential Muslim scholars in the world for his work on Islamic tradition and philosophy. Born in Iran, he obtained a scholarship to MIT to pursue undergraduate studies in physics, and went to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy in the history of science and philosophy from Harvard University. Upon his return to Iran in 1958, he swiftly rose through academic ranks to become Vice-Chancellor of Tehran University, then President of Aryamehr University. His academic work extends from classical Islamic philosophy, Islamic science, Sufism, and critique of modernity to interfaith relations, Islam–West relations, and the environmental crisis. In fact, his book “The Encounter of Man and Nature”, published in 1968, predicts the disastrous consequences of the environmental crisis, critiques the rise of a secular, modern conception of nature as inert matter to be conquered by modern technology, and attempts to revive a sacred notion of nature. Nasr was the first Muslim scholar ever to be invited to give the prestigious Gifford Lectures, which were later published as Knowledge and the Sacred. He currently lives in the USA.

Main Publications: 

1.) Nasr, Hossein. "Islamic-Christian Dialogue: Problems and obstacles to be pondered and overcome." The Muslim World 88(3‐4):218 - 237 · April 2007.

2.) "Scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr to Discuss the Promise of Interfaith Dialogue." Elmhirst College, 13.02.2013 (Source: https://www.elmhurst.edu/news/scholar-seyyed-hossein-nasr-to-discuss-the... - accessed August 7, 2019)

3.) "Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Can Many Religions All Be True?" Closer to Truth, 24.11.2015 (Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmdZCkJhJ4o - accessed August 7, 2019)

4.) "Seyyed Hossein Nasr: A Home in the Inviolable and Sacred Center, Neither in the East nor the West." Medium, 25.04.2018 (Source: https://medium.com/@jahandad.memarian/seyyed-hossein-nasr-a-home-in-the-... - accessed August 7, 2019)

Areas of Actions: 
Interreligious DialoguePeaceful CoexistencePluralismShared Human ValuesMinority RightsYouth
Forms of Actions: 
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