Abstract

Abstract:

Taking the Christian existentialist approach—ushered in by Søren Kierkegaard—as a model, this contribution seeks to introduce an Islamic existentialist approach, which can be detected in Muhammad Iqbal's thought and works. The characteristics of this approach could be enumerated as follows: there is (1) an emphasis on that aspect of reality that is beyond the realm of reason, (2) the contention that reason is incapable of giving knowledge about God, (3) an emphasis on the need for a subjective approach to God and faith rather than an objective one, and (4) a practical way that is introduced that enables the individual in appropriating and living the truth—thus building a subjective relationship with it.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1898
Print ISSN
0031-8221
Pages
pp. 414-430
Launched on MUSE
2021-03-25
Open Access
No
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