William Chittick

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William C. Chittick is a leading translator and interpreter of classical Islamic philosophical and mystical texts. He is best known for his groundbreaking work on Rumi and Ibn 'Arabi, and has written extensively on the school of Ibn 'Arabi, Islamic philosophy, Shi'ism, and Islamic cosmology.


Born in Milford Connecticut, Chittick finished his BA at the College of Wooster in Ohio, and then went on to complete a PhD in Persian literature at Tehran University under the supervision of Seyyed Hossein Nasr in 1974. He taught comparative religion at Tehran's Aryamehr Technical University and left Iran before the revolution. Chittick is currently Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University.


Below is a list of most of Chittick's books, translations, and edited volumes:

  • A Shi'ite Anthology (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1981). ISBN 978-0873955102
  • Fakhr al-Din 'Iraqi, Divine Flashes. Translated with Paul Wilson (New York: Paulist Press, 1982). ISBN 978-0809123728
  • The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1983). ISBN 978-0873957243
  • Zayn al-'Abidin, The Psalms of Islam. Translated and Introduced (London: Muhammadi Trust, 1988). ISBN 9163165058
  • The Sufi Path of Knowledge: Ibn al-'Arabi's Metaphysics of Imagination (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1989). ISBN 978-0887068843
  • Faith and Practice of Islam: Three Thirteenth Century Sufi Texts (Albany: State...... ...
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