Professor Dr Seyyed Hossein NasrPhilosopher & University Professor
Birth: 7 April 1933 (Age: 84)
Source of Influence: Scholarly
Influence: Written major books and given countless lectures internationally.
School of Thought: Traditional Shi‘a
Status: Featured in current year
Reviver of Tradition: Nasr’s work has covered the most important areas of contemporary Muslim thought from classical Islamic philosophy, Islamic science, Sufism, and critique of modernity to interfaith relations, Islam–West relations, and the environmental crisis. 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.
Islamic Environmentalism: Nasr’s work has been ahead of its time in predicting the disastrous consequences of the environmental crisis. Books such as The Encounter of Man and Nature: the Spiritual Crisis of Modern Man (1968), and Religion and the Order of Nature (1996), narrate the rise of a secular, modern conception of nature as inert matter to be conquered by modern technology, and the attempt to revive a sacred notion of nature.