By Sachiko Murata
"This is a real foundational paintings in Islamic reports. it really is an open door into the very center of Islamic civilization, whereas even as it indicates the bases of vital comparisons and insights for these attracted to cognate components in Western cultures.
"It is an interesting, actually unique paintings in either its guiding views and its accomplished, essentially offered account of a significant measurement of Islam. there's not anything love it, and it merits a large audience." -- James W. Morris, Oberlin College
"It truly, thoroughly, and comprehensively describes the worldview implicit within the medieval Islamic "wisdom" culture represented by means of Sufism and Shi'i philosophy, quite the way in which that gender thoughts are implicit of their cosmology and psychology, and will be regarding the Taoist recommendations of yin and yang. The author's critique of feminism and smooth reformism in this foundation is penetrating." -- Valerie Hoffman-Ladd, collage of Illinois
The Tao of Islam is a wealthy and various anthology of Islamic teachings at the nature of the relationships among God and the realm, the area and the individual, and the man or woman and God. concentrating on gender symbolism, Sachiko Murata exhibits that Muslim authors usually learn the divine fact and its connections with the cosmic and human domain names with a view towards a complementarity or polarity of rules that's analogous to the chinese language suggestion of yin/yang.
Murata believes that the harmony of Islamic suggestion is located, now not quite a bit within the rules mentioned, as within the sorts of relationships which are organize between realities. She will pay specific recognition to the perspectives of varied figures generally known as "Sufis" and "philosophers," for the reason that they technique those subject matters with a flexibility and subtlety no longer present in different colleges of idea. She interprets a number of hundred pages, so much for the 1st time, from greater than thirty very important Muslims together with the Ikhwan al-Safa', Avicenna, and Ibn al-'Arabi.