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Man and the Universe: An Islamic Perspective

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It is now obvious that something has gone very wrong in the West, and that psychological and social alternatives have become pressing issues. In this timely book, Dr Badawi reminds us that Islam has a historically verifiable track record for healing social chaos and individual tragedy. Sadly, the principles of Islam have all too often been suppressed by the deluge of educa ...more
Paperback, Revised and Expanded Edition, 162 pages
Published October 7th 2002 by Wakeel Books (first published October 7th 1999)
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Dec 28, 2011 Rashid rated it really liked it
A must-read for any conscious and believing Muslim. The only gripe I have with it is its use of the outdated binary of "The Western" and "The Islamic" - I feel that it's much more accurate to speak of a global monoculture that isn't confined to just one region of the world. The monoculture has become the West's Frankenstein - it is no longer under any one cultural jurisdiction.
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This is my second reading of this text and it's thesis is even more prescient now. As I strive to live up to the highest that I know, this book is an invaluable companion. It describes an approach to contemporary issues with an equal eye to matters of cosmological import and the lived reality of a Muslim life. Mostafa Al-Badawi's voice is clear and erudite.
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An excellent text that introduces many key themes and highlights issues facing us today in the modern world; the text is an eye opener and holds the potential to inspire positive change in the discerning reader. The text is very well-written and the author has skilfully avoided the undue abstraction that come with texts that engage such topics as: man and the universe - by in large the text is easy to read and allows one to easily follow the arguments being presented, but at times can be slightl
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Dr. Mostafa al-Badawi is a consultant Psychiatrist and member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He studied under many shaykhs, foremost among whom is the late Habib Ahmad Mashur al-Haddad. Dr. Badawi is also one of the leading contemporary translators of Islamic books from Arabic to English, and his work includes Book of Assistance, The Lives of Man, Key to the Garden, and Degrees of the Soul
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“Les auteurs musulmans considèrent la personnalité comme le produit de la constitution innée modifiée par les facteurs de l’environnement. La constitution innée inclue l’hérédité physique et psychologique, la combinaison des quatre éléments, c’est-à-dire le feu, l’air, l’eau, et la terre, dans leurs mode de chaud, sec, froid, et humide, et la correspondance de cette combinaison avec les signes du zodiaque et les différentes planètes. C’est une question très complexe en raison du nombre indéfini de permutations possibles. La source de confusion pour les esprits modernes vient du matérialisme ambiant qui les pousse à tout prendre au pied de la lettre et à oublier que l’intention derrière les quatre éléments n’a jamais été de les identifier avec leurs équivalents familiers dans le monde visible. S’ils sont appelés feu, air, eau et terre, c’est simplement pour indiquer une correspondance entre eux et les éléments visibles. Ces quatre éléments sont à l’origine de toute matière et eux-mêmes originaires d’un principe commun, l’Hylé indifférencié (hayûlâ, c’est-à-dire la matière primordiale.)
Il en est de même de la correspondance entre les sept cieux et les sept planètes. Chaque ciel est désigné par le nom de la planète qui lui correspond le mieux, mais les cieux ne peuvent nullement être identifiés avec les orbites de ces planètes, car les planètes sont dans le ciel visible alors que les cieux sont dans le domaine subtile et invisible. Ces termes ne sont pris dans un sens littéral que si on perd de vue la correspondance entre les différents degrés, ou dimensions, de l’existence. Ces correspondances et leurs implications pour la médecine, la psychologie et les autres sciences, furent comprises par de nombreuses civilisations antérieures à l’islam, et ne sont pas spécifiquement islamiques. Les musulmans, qu’ils fussent savants, religieux, philosophes ou soufis, les percevaient comme possédant une base de vérité et les adoptèrent avec quelques différences mineures selon les écoles. Un tel point de vue est néanmoins devenu si étranger à la mentalité d’aujourd’hui, et il est si peu probable qu’elle présente un intérêt en pratique, que nous n’en poursuivrons pas l’étude ici.”
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