September 07, 2006

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» "The Scene in Cairo on 9/11" (mp3, 3:27)
Seyyed Hossein Nasr was born in Iran and educated in the United States, where he studied physics and philosophy at Harvard and at M.I.T. For the past twenty-two years, Nasr has been teaching Islamic Studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. But he was not in the United States on September 11, 2001. He was in Egypt.

» "The History of Shia People in Iran" (mp3, 5:25)
After studying at Harvard, Seyyed Hossein Nasr returned to his native Iran as a professor at Tehran University. He was later appointed president of Arya Mehr University in 1972. The professor was also a student of Islamic scholar Allameh Tabatabaei, who is known for his authoritative commentaries on the Qur'an. Here Nasr traces the history of Shia, the second largest denomination of Islam, in Iran.

» "Good and Evil in Islamic Theology" (mp3, 4:29)
Before the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, the Empress Farah Pahlavi (the Shah's wife) appointed Seyyed Hossein Nasr to head the Imperial Iranian Academy of Philosophy. The revolution, of course, forced Nasr to emigrate to the United States. Here he discusses the nature of good and evil in Islam, comparing it with that of Christianity.

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Seyyed Hossein Nasr

is University Professor of Religious Studies at George Washington University and the author of many books, including Islam: Religion, History, and Civilization.

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