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AL-GHAZZALI - His Psychology of the Greater Struggle , by Laleh Bakhtiar

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 Paperback - 127 pages                                                                          by Laleh Bakhtiar


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Imam Al-Ghazzali, May Allah be pleased with him, the best known exponent of traditional psychology, is considered by many to be one the greatest Muslim thinkers after the great Companions. His life and thought played a major role in determining the ethical and spiritual values of medieval society and continues to be influential throughout the world today. His method was to motivate believers to action to undertake the greater struggle and morally heal.  

Topics covered:

 

A]. Al-Ghazali’s three fundamentals: Knowledge (cognition), States (affect, emotion), Actions (behaviour)

B]. “Know Yourself” — ‘If you do not know yourself, how can you know anything else?’

C]. Affective System, Behavioral System, Cognitive System

D]. Perception: Internal Senses, External Senses

E]. Process of Activating Thought/Action

F]. Will

G]. Attitude

H]. Why are you here?

I]. The Heart.

Epilogue | Notes | Bibliography

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Following an Introduction to al-Ghazzali's Psychology of the Greater Struggle, the author gives a commentary upon Part One of al-Ghazzali's Introduction to his famous Alchemy of Happiness called Knowing One's Self. The Alchemy of Happiness is al-Ghazzali's summary of his 
Ihya Ulum al-Din or Revival of the Religious Sciences. This work provides a unique explanation of Islamic psychology.

About the Compiler/Author - Laleh Bakhtiar, Ph. D. has written extensively on Islam and Sufism including a three volume work on traditional psychology called God's Will Be Done. Vol. 1: Traditional Psychoethics and Personality Paradigm; Vol. 2: Moral Healer's Handbook; Vol. 3: Moral Healing Through the Most Beautiful Names; and works like SUFI Expressions of the Mystic Quest, Sufi Women of America: Angels in the Making, Encyclopedia of Muhammad's Women Companions and the Traditions They Related, Encyclopedia of Islamic Law and co-authored The Sense of Unity: The Sufi Tradition in Persian Architecture; edited Ramadan: Motivating Belivers to Action. She is a licensed psychotherapist and brings new insights into the unders


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