Reza Shah-Kazemi: Paths to Transcendence

According to Shankara, Ibn Arabi, and Meister Eckhart

World Wisdom, 2006

Book Description:

In our day when there is much strife between factions, this work illuminates the theme of transcendence as understood by the saints of the religious traditions: Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity.
“[Shah-Kazemi] analyses as ‘case studies’ the writings of what are by general scholarly agreement understood to be the three most outstanding (if not necessarily unvaryingly orthodox) representatives of the mystical traditions of three of the world’s great religions, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity, from the perspective of the ‘Perennialist’ or ‘Traditionalist’ school in the philosophy of religion…Shah-Kazemi’s book is a very welcome addition to the study of comparative mysticism.”  Eckhart Review 
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Paths to Transcendence is an important book in the school of Sophia Perennis.”  Martin Lings, author of the classic Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources
“Those who need extrinsic proofs of what Frithjof Schuon called the ‘transcendent unity of religions’ have been rightly dissatisfied with chrestomathies of short quotations from the sacred texts and spiritual authorities of the great traditions. Hence the irreplaceable value of Paths to Transcendence, a meticulous and far-reaching study of three of history’s most important sages, each firmly rooted in the doctrines and practices of his own religion…and each in turn rising to join with his counterparts at the Divine summit of apophatic unamimity.”  James S. Cutsinger, University of South Carolina, author of Advice to the Serious Seeker: Meditations on the Teaching of Frithjof Schuon
“Here is a major landmark in comparative metaphysics. The universality of spiritual realization through knowledge is rendered apparent with a rare combination of analytic rigor and depth of synthesis. This book demonstrates that spiritual intuition can inform and innervate academic discourse without compromising its conceptual demands.”  Patrick Laude, Georgetown University, author of Singing the Way: Insights in Poetry and Spiritual Transformation
Paths to Transcendence is superlatively perspicuous despite the exalted nature of its conceptual content and the great subtlety with which it is handled. The book brims with insight and is an exceptional addition to the field.”  Tobias Mayer, the Institute of Ismaili Studies, co-author of Struggling with the Philosopher: A Refutation of Avicenna’s Metaphysics
Paths to Transcendence has the merit of gathering, in the same volume, the deepest thinking of the most intellectual and spiritual elite of three great traditions and civilizations: Shankara for Hinduism, Ibn Arabi for Islam, and Meister Eckhart for Christianity. It provides detailed analysis and lucid examination of the misinterpretations which frequently occur nowadays about these spiritual authorities.”  Jean-Pierre Lafouge, Marquette University, editor of For God’s Greater Glory: Gems of Jesuit Spirituality
From the Publisher:
The aim of this book is to contribute to the elucidation of an important but much neglected theme in comparative religion and mysticism: that of transcendence. More specifically, we intend to shed light on the meaning of transcendence both in itself and as the summit of spiritual realization; thus, both as a metaphysical principle and as a mystical attainment, our principal concern being with the concrete dimensions of the spiritual paths leading to what we shall be calling here “transcendent realization”. What we wish to offer is an interpretive essay on this theme, taking as our starting point what three of the world’s greatest mystics have said or written on this subject.
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