Good afternoon, colleagues and friends.
This afternoon, I am really honoured that Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr has accepted my invitation to give this lecture.
He is a great Islamic scholar who has lived and taught for many years in the West.
That very fact illustrates a problem about the title of his lecture –which, I must admit, was suggested by me and not by him.
When we talk about “Islam and the West”, it sounds as if these were two opposites. Yet
Islam is a universal religion, with adherents in almost every part of the world, whereas