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What is the “normal”? A commentary based on the Islamic tradition and psychology
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CitationNoor, N. M. ve Ahmad, A. (2020). What is the “normal”? A commentary based on the Islamic tradition and psychology. The Islamic Quarterly, 1(64), 43-54.
This article is a commentary on the understanding of what is the “normal” from the viewpoints of tradition (as rooted in the Transcendent), using Islam as an example and modern psychology. This comparison is warranted because tradition and psychology have at its core the understanding of the person. While tradition has maintained its stance on what is the “normal,” this is not so in the case of psychology for the very conception of man has changed from the sacred to the secular with the acceptance of modern physical science that began in the 17th century. For psychology, this is the backdrop against which the self has to be understood. In contrast, for Islam, to understand man, one needs to go back in origin to the Source, i.e., to the knowledge of the soul and of God.