A picture of Seyyed Hossein Nasr next to his book, Man and Nature

Seyyed Hossein Nasr’s Man and Nature: Classic of Islam and Environmental Ethics


This course was available in the past and may be presented again as part of the Open Enrollment curriculum.

In 1968, Seyyed H. Nasr delivered an eminent series of lectures at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. Nasr is a scientist, historian of science, philosopher, and Sufi spiritual thinker. Nasr’s lectures arrived very early in the environmental movement and present seminal, erudite, and penetrating diagnosis of modern ecological crises. These lectures were later published as Man and Nature: The Spiritual Crisis of Modern Man and represent seminal work in religious environmental ethics, especially Islamic environmental ethics. However, Nasr’s thought was overlooked for years, possibly due to his Sufism and adherence to Shi’ite Islam. This course will read and discuss Nasr’s book, Man and Nature, paying attention to his generous interfaith engagement, sophisticated historical analysis of the history of modern science, and his proposals for future progress in interfaith religious engagement with modern science.


Online registration deadline: Thursday, February 16 at 5 pm CT.