Philosopher & University Professor
Seyyed Hossein Nasr is an Islamic Studies professor at George Washington University. He remains one of the most influential Muslim scholars in the world for his work on Islamic tradition and philosophy. He is the only Muslim to be included in the Library of Living Philosophers and has written over 50 books and over 500 articles.
Birth: 7 April 1933 (Age: 84)
Source of Influence: Scholarly
School of Thought: Shi‘a, 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.