Huston Smith Lecture Series

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This lecture is part of the Huston Smith Lecture Series on Religion sponsored by the California Institute of Integral Studies, honoring the life and work of Huston Smith, the internationally known authority on world religions. The lecture series was held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in San Francisco, California, from January 24 through April 11, 2002.


Seyyed Hossein Nasr, PhD is Professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University. The author of over fifty books and five hundred articles, he is one of the world’s most respected writers and speakers on Islam and its mystical dimension, Sufism. From 1958 until 1979 Nasr was professor in the history of science and philosophy and was named the dean of the Faculty of Letters at Tehran University. From 1979 to 1984 he was Professor of Islamic Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, and since 1984 he has been the University Professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. In 1983 Nasr delivered the Wiegand Lecture on the philosophy of religion at the University of Toronto, and the Cadbury Lectures at the University of Birmingham in 1994. He was the first Muslim to deliver the Gifford Lectures.

Nasr has published numerous books, including: his dissertation, An Introduction to Islamic Cosmological Doctrines (1964); Science and Civilization in Islam (1968); The Encounter of Man and Nature: The Spiritual Crisis of Modern Man (1968); Islamic Science: An Illustrated Study (1976); Western Science and Asian Cultures (1976); Islamic Life and Thought (1981); his Gifford Lectures, Knowledge and the Sacred (1981); The Young Muslim’s Guide to the Modern World (1993); The Need for a Sacred Science (1993); The Islamic Intellectual History in Persia (1994); his Cadbury Lectures, Religion and the Order of Nature (1996); Man and Nature: The Spiritual Crisis in Modern Man (1997); The Heart of Islam: Enduring Values for Humanity (2002); and Islam: Religion, History, and Civilization (2003).