William Chittick

William C. Chittick (born 29 June 1943)[1] is a philosopher, writer, translator and interpreter of classical Islamic philosophical and mystical texts. He is best known for his work on Rumi and Ibn 'Arabi, and has written extensively on the school of Ibn 'Arabi, Islamic philosophy, and Islamic cosmology.

William C. Chittick
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Born (1943-06-29) 29 June 1943 (age 77)
Alma materUniversity of Tehran
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionIslamic philosophy
Main interests
Sufism, Islamic philosophy


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 University of Tehran 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 Distinguished Professor in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for his academic contributions in 2014.[11]

Major worksEdit

Chittick has published 30 books and numerous articles on Islamic intellectual history, Sufism and Islamic philosophy.


Selected ArticlesEdit

Edited volumesEdit

  • With Seyyed Hossein Nasr (vols. 1-3) and Peter Zirnis (vols. 2-3), An Annotated Bibliography of Islamic Science (Tehran: Imperial Iranian Academy of Philosophy, 1975–78, vols. 1-2; Tehran: Cultural Studies and Research Institute, 1991, vol. 3).
  • 'Abd al-Rahmân Jâmî, Naqd al-nusûs fi sharh naqsh al-fusûs, Persian and Arabic text with critical apparatus, notes, English and Persian introductions, indexes (Tehran: Imperial Iranian Academy of Philosophy, 1977).
  • The Works of Seyyed Hossein Nasr Through His Fortieth Birthday. Edited and Introduced (Uppsala: University of Utah Press, 1977).
  • The Inner Journey: Views from the Islamic Tradition. Edited and Introduced (Sandpoint, ID: White Thread Press, 2007).
  • The Essential Seyyed Hossein Nasr. Edited and Introduced (Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2007).


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "William C. Chittick". Library of the Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies.
  2. ^ Stony brook edu
  3. ^ World wisdom
  4. ^ Ibnarabi society.org
  5. ^ Wildriver review by Katherine Schimmel
  6. ^ Huffingron post
  7. ^ (in Persian) Anjoman Erfan
  8. ^ Islam Uga.edu
  9. ^ Iran news
  10. ^ In Search of the Lost Heart: Explorations in Islamic Thought, William C. Chittick
  11. ^ "Fellows" www.gf.org
  12. ^ "ویلیام چیتیک". nashrefalat.com (in Persian).
  13. ^ "The book in my hand". The Hindu. 2016-01-24. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2016-04-01.

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