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Toshihiko Izutsu

Toshihiko Izutsu was Professor Emeritus at Keio University in Japan and an outstanding authority in the metaphysical and philosophical wisdom schools of Islamic Sufism, Hindu Advaita Vedanta, Mahayana Buddhism (particularly Zen), and Philosophical Taoism. Fluent in over 30 languages, including Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Greek, his peripatetic research in such places as the Middle East (especiallyIran), India, Europe, North America, and Asia were undertaken with a view to developing a meta-philosophical approach to comparative religion based upon a rigorous linguistic study of traditional metaphysical texts. Izutsu often stated his belief that harmony could be fostered between peoples by demonstrating that many beliefs with which a community identified itself could be found, though perhaps masked in a different form, in the metaphysics of another, very different community.

His most important works include:

Ethico-Religious Concepts in the Qur'an

Concept of Belief in Islamic Theology (Islam)
God and Man in the Qur'an
: Semantics of the Qur'anic Weltanschauung (Toshihiko Izutsu)
Creation and the Timeless Order of Things: Essays in Islamic Mystical Philosophy
Celestial Journey:Far Eastern Ways of Thinking
A comparative study of the key philosophical concepts in Sufism and Taoism:
Ibn°Arab¸ and Lao-tzu, Chuang-tzu (Studies in the humanities and social relations)
The structure of selfhood in Zen Buddhism
Sense and nonsense in Zen Buddhism

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