University of California Press

Sufism and Taoism

Toshihiko Izutsu




A Comparative Study of Key Philosophical Concepts


In this deeply learned work, Toshihiko Izutsu compares the metaphysical and mystical thought-systems of Sufism and Taoism and discovers that, although historically unrelated, the two share features and patterns which prove fruitful for a transhistorical dialogue. His original and suggestive approach opens new doors in the study of comparative philosophy and mysticism.



Part I. Ibn 'Arabi

Part II. Lao-Tzu & Chuang-Tzu

Part III. A Comparative Reflection