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illiam C. Chittick was born in Connecticut, finished his BA at the College of Wooster in Ohio, and completed a Ph.D. in Persian literature at Tehran University in 1974.  He taught comparative religion in  the humanities department at Tehran's Aryamehr Technical University and left Iran just before the revolution in 1979. For three years he was assistant editor at the Encyclopaedia Iranica, and from 1983 he has taught religious studies at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. 

Professor Chittick is author and translator of twenty books and one hundred articles on Islamic thought, Sufism, and Shi'ism. His most recent book is Sufism: A Short Introduction (Oneworld: 2000)

Other publications include

The Self-Disclosure of God: Principles of Ibn al-`Arabi's Cosmology (State University of New York Press, 1998)

The Heart of Islamic Philosophy (Oxford University Press, in production).  

The Sufi path of knowledge : Ibn al-`Arabi's metaphysics of imagination / William C. Chittick. Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, c1989.

`Iraqi, Fakhr al-Din Ibrahim, d. 1289?Lama`at. English, Divine flashes / Fakhruddin `Iraqi ; translation and introduction by William C. Chittick and Peter Lamborn Wilson ; preface by Seyyed Hossein Nasr.New York : Paulist Press, c1982.

Jalal al-Din Rumi, Maulana, 1207-1273. Selections. English. 1983

The Sufi path of love : the spiritual teachings of Rumi / [translated by] William C. Chittick.Albany : State University of New York Press, c1983.

Vision of Islam / with Sachiko Murata, New York : Paragon House, c1994.

A Shi`ite anthology / selected and with a foreword by `Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabataba'i ; translated with explanatory notes by William C. Chittick ; under the direction of and with an introduction by Seyyed Hossein Nasr. Albany : State University of New York Press ; London : Muhammadi Trust of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, c1981.  

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