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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 the State University of New York, Stony Brook.


Below is a list of most of Chittick's writings, 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 University of New York Press, 1992). ISBN 978-0791413678
  • Imaginal Worlds: Ibn al-'Arabi and the Problem of Religious Diversity (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994). ISBN 978-0791422502
  • With Sachiko Murata, The Vision of Islam (New York: Paragon, 1994). ISBN 978-1557785169
  • The Self-Disclosure of God: Principles of Ibn al-'Arabi's Cosmology (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998). ISBN 978-0791434048
  • Sufism: A Short Introduction (Oxford: Oneworld, 2000). ISBN 978-1851682119
  • 'Abd al-Rahman Jami, Gleams. Translated in Sachiko Murata, Chinese Gleams of Sufi Light: Wang Tai-yü's Great Learning of the Pure and Real and Liu Chih's Displaying the Concealment of the Real Realm (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2000). ISBN 978-0791446386
  • The Heart of Islamic Philosophy: The Quest for Self-Knowledge in the Teachings of Afdal al-Din Kashani (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001). ISBN 978-0195139136
  • Mulla Sadra, The Elixir of the Gnostics. Translated, Edited, and Introduced (Provo: Brigham Young University Press, 2003). ISBN 978-0934893701
  • Shams al-Din Tabrizi, Me and Rumi: The Autobiography of Shams-i Tabrizi. Annotated and Translated (Louisville, KY: Fons Vitae, 2004). ISBN 978-1887752527
  • Ibn 'Arabi, select translations from The Meccan Revelations. Translated in Michel Chodkiewicz (ed.), The Meccan Revelations (New York: Pir Press, 2004). ISBN 978-1879708167
  • Ibn 'Arabi: Heir to the Prophets (Oxford: Oneworld, 2005). ISBN 978-1851683871
  • The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi (Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2005). ISBN 978-0941532884
  • The Inner Journey: Views from the Islamic Tradition. Edited and Introduced (Sandpoint, ID: White Thread Press, 2007). ISBN 978-1596750173
  • The Essential Seyyed Hossein Nasr. Edited and Introduced (Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2007). ISBN 978-1933316383
  • Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul: The Pertinence of Islamic Cosmology in the Modern World (Oxford: Oneworld, 2007). ISBN 978-1851684953
  • With Sachiko Murata and Tu Weiming, The Sage Learning of Liu Zhi: Islamic Thought in Confucian Terms (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Centre, 2009). ISBN 978-0674033252

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