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William Chittick

Distinguished Professor



William C. Chittick’s research focuses on pre-modern Islamic intellectual history and its relevance for contemporary humanistic concerns.

  • Biography


    Born and raised in Milford, Connecticut, William C. Chittick did his B.A. in history at the College of Wooster (Ohio) and then went to Iran, where he completed a Ph.D. in Persian literature at Tehran University in 1974.  He taught comparative religion in the humanities department at Aryamehr Technical University in Tehran and, for a short period before the revolution, was assistant professor at the Imperial Iranian Academy of Philosophy.  He returned to the United States in January, 1979.  For three years he was assistant editor at the  Encyclopaedia Iranica (Columbia University), and from 1983 he has taught religious studies at Stony Brook. 

    Chittick is author and translator of thirty books and one hundred-fifty articles on Islamic thought, Sufism, Shi’ism, and Persian literature.  His more recent books include  In Search of the Lost Heart: Explorations in Islamic Thought (State University of New York Press, 2012),   The  Self-Disclosure of God: Principles of Ibn al-`Arabî’s Cosmology (State University of New York Press, 1998),  Sufism: A Short Introduction (Oneword, 2000),  The Heart of Islamic Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2001),  The Elixir of the Gnostics (Brigham Young University Press, 2003),  Me & Rumi: The Autobiography of Shams-i Tabrizi (FonsVitae, 2004), and  Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul (Oneworld, 2007).  He is currently working on several research projects in Sufism and Islamic philosophy.

    Chittick regularly teaches Islam, Islamic Classics, and other courses in religious studies.  On occasion he directs qualified students in the reading of Arabic or Persian texts.

      For copies of most of Chittick's published articles, please   click here .

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