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The American Academy of Religion's Reading Religion website recently reviewed Islamic Spirituality: Theology and Practice for the Modern World by Zeki Saritoprak, PhD, Professor and Director of the Bediuzzaman Said Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies. The reviewer writes:

A matter of fundamental import in any book is its usefulness for its audience. Saritoprak has produced a work that effectively navigates the boundaries of a post-orientalist world and acts as a useful introduction to Islam and spirituality. This text, given its simplistic structure and content, can provide use for almost any reader that is intrigued by Islam, mysticism, and spirituality without the marring of orientalist perspectives that plague most extant works on the subject. Further, Saritoprak provides the reader with an extensive bibliography that allows anyone with a piqued curiosity to further pursue the content without being victim to the pitfalls of most works on mysticism. The text would serve a reader pursuing leisure but also contains useful information for a beginning student of Islamic spirituality. Their discussions are focused on matters such as the five pillars of Islam but are not what you find in conventional works. His chapters also function as individual components making them useful and functional for syllabi and professors that are looking for specific discussions. Saritoprak has produced a work that can be useful for anyone who wishes to gain a basic working knowledge of Islam and spirituality in both its classical sense and its contemporary functions.