Islam is both a religion and a civilization, a historical
reality that spans over fourteen centuries of human history
and a geographical presence in vast areas stretching over the
Asian and African continents and even parts of Europe. It is
also a spiritual and metahistorical reality that has transformed
the inner and outer life of numerous human beings
in very different temporal and spatial circumstances.
Not only is Islam a major presence in today’s world, but its influence
is also evident in the history of the Christian West, not to
mention that of India and other regions of Asia and Africa.
That is why knowledge of Islam is so important for those
concerned with the situation of contemporary humanity and
those interested in Western intellectual and cultural history,
as well as those attracted to the reality of religion and the
world of the Spirit as such.