Islam: The Concept of Religion and the Foundation of Ethics and Morality

SYED MUHAMMAD NAQUIB AL-ATTAS is a former Senior Lecturer in Malay Studies at the University of Malaya. He has written a lot of books and articles of an original nature in English in the field of classical Malay (Islamic) literature. He is a former Director of International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Muslim Education Foundation (MEF). Syed Muhammad al Naquib bin Ali al-Attas (born September 5, 1931) is a prominent contemporary Muslim philosopher and thinker from Malaysia. He is one of the few contemporary scholars who is thoroughly rooted in the traditional Islamic sciences and who is equally competent in theology, philosophy, metaphysics, history, and literature. He is considered to be the pioneer in proposing the idea of Islamization of knowledge. Al-Attas’ philosophy and methodology of education have one goal: Islamization of the mind, body and soul and its effects on the personal and collective life on Muslims as well as others, including the spiritual and physical non-human environment. He is the author of twenty-seven authoritative works on various aspects of Islamic thought and civilization, particularly on Sufism, cosmology, metaphysics, philosophy and Malay language and literature.

Ta’dib International (2018)
50 pages
ISBN 9789671570432


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Islam: The Concept of Religion and the Foundation of Ethics and Morality is a lecture delivered on Monday, The 5th of April 1976 to the International Islamic Conference held under The Auspices of the Islamic Council of Europe in the hall of the Royal Commonwealth Society London.
Islam: The Concept of Religion and the Foundation of Ethics and Morality discusses the concept of the religion of Islam and its foundation in ethics and morality. The author clarifies the term saadah, the Islamic term for happiness, in this monograph. He explains the relation between happiness and true faith, righteous deeds, remembrance of God, stability and peaceful calmness of heart and certainty of the truth. The human being’s relation to virtue and vice are clarified and the author’s original thesis of tragedy (rooted in the religious tradition of the West)

Originally a lecture delivered at the 1976 International Islamic Conference in London, this monograph offers a radically different account of religion from the Islamic viewpoint. The author eloquently shows that the concept couched in the Arabic term din is not the same as the word “religion” as understood throughtout Western religious history. By means of a careful semantic analysis, al-Attas takes up the notion “din” as a unifying theme, connecting it with other key-concepts within the worldview of Islam, such as the notion of human nature, soul, freedom, justice, happiness, change,progress, and development. Thoughtful and well written, this work will continue to interest both Muslim and non-Muslim readers in years to come.

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Weight 0.115 kg
Dimensions 14 × 0.6 × 21.5 cm






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