Al-Ghazali : His Psychology of the Greater Struggle

Imam al-Ghazzali :
His Psychology of the Greater Struggle
*[A5] Paperback - 127 pages,
by Laleh Bakhtiar,
Published by ABC International.


Back in Stock August 2023



Product Description :

Imam Al-Ghazali, 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. 

Following an Introduction to al-Ghazali's, 'Psychology of the Greater Struggle,' the author gives a commentary upon Part One of al-Ghazali's Introduction to his famous Alchemy of Happiness (Kimiya al-Sadat) called 'Knowing One's Self.' The Alchemy of Happiness is Imam al-Ghazali'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 understanding of traditional (pre-modern) psychology. She offers a computer based training program. 




Table of Contents:

---Imam al-Ghazali’s Three Fundamentals:

----[1]. Knowledge (cognition),
----[2]. States (affect, emotion),
-------Clarity of Moral Values,
----[3]. Actions (behaviour),
-------Bonding Power or Rapport,
------Relationship to Others,
--------Establishing the Relationship Between the Self & Our Creator,
--------Know your Self.
The Commentary : “Know Yourself”!
‘If you do not know yourself, how can you know anything else?’
------The Covenant between Self and God,
------Seeking Divine Grace,
------The Affective System,
------Behavioural System,
------Cognitive System,
------Where do we Come From?
---------Our Body Created from the Elements,


---------Internal Senses,
---------External Senses,
---------Common Sense,
---------Cognitive / Rational Perception,
---------Our Cognitive System,
---------The Intellect,
---------The Practical Intellect,
---------The Cognitive Intellect,

------The Process of Activating Thought/Action,

---------Where are You going?
---------Why are You here ?
---------For what purpose where You created?
---------In What does Your Happiness Lie?
------------In What does Your Misery Lie?

------Free-Will Rebels against Reason,
---------Free-Will Allies with Imagination against Reason,

---------Free-Will Allies with Imagination & the External Senses against Reason,
---------Free-Will Allies with Imagination in the Affective-Behavioural Systems (animal soul) against Reason,
---------Centering Through Free-Will,
---------The Sanguineous Humour,
---------The Serious Humour,
---------The Bilious Humour,
---------The Atrabilious Humour,
---------Vital Energy of the Heart,
---------Cognitive Vital and Nervous Energies Respond to Natural Dispositions,
---------Awakening the Natural Disposition to Consciousness of Self,
------Attitude :Positive and Negative,
---------The Qur'an and Centering through the Positive Traits,
------Knowledge : The Heart,
---------States : The Heart,
---------Actions : Heart.






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*Dimensions : 21.7 x 14cm.


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