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After his gazelle mother passes away when he is still a child, he dissects her body and performs an autopsy in order to find out what happened to her. The discovery that her death was due to a loss of innate heat sets him "on a road of scientific inquiry " and self-discovery. Hayy ultimately comes into contact with civilization and religion when he meets a castaway named Absal. He determines that certain trappings of religion and civilization, namely imagery and dependence on material goods, are necessary for the multitude in order that they might have decent lives. However, he believes that imagery and material goods are distractions from the truth and ought to be abandoned by those whose reason recognizes that they are distractions.

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Akinojar The protagonist Hayy ibn Yaqzan grows up from infancy to adulthood on a uninhabited island. You are commenting using your Facebook account. But such Lines may be drawn in all Bodies. But the source of his ideas is of less import- ance than his imaginative handling of them. From all quarters of the Almohad empire troops were collected and formed into the most powerful Muslim army that had ever appeared on the Peninsula, and a great fleet was fitted out for a simultaneous assault on Lisbon.

To concur with the later third century c. If ye do that which I command you, to-morrow ye shall be with me 1 Koran, ix, 34, The abstract philosophical tale of Iby Tufayl is the historically first of a series of such reflections on the nature of human behavior and learning.

When Hayy and Absal meet, being unable to understand each other through a common language and coming from very different environments, nonetheless realise that they both believe in the same God. The people were too stupid and stubborn to change their ways. Certainly when we come back to the original question at the beginning of this section, how can we know God? Hayy sees fire as a symbol of the inner fire or warmth yaqdham animates living things, the inner life-source.

Nothing New Under the Sun The author alerts the reader to the fictional nature of the narrative by presenting two alternate versions of how Hayy arrived on the island. Both Hayy and Absal understood each other perfectly in matters of religion, even though both had come from such different environments.

Eventually, recognizing their common purpose, the two hermits get along for years. There we meet two religiously yawdhan men. He had dissected many animals and learned their nature, and by studying the habits of other animals he imitated them in, for example, building a food store like the swallows.

Remember me on this computer. Hayy ibn Yaqzan Rather, he concluded that for the overwhelming majority of people, this outward conformity to religious ritual and doctrine was as far as they could venture in addressing basic philosophical questions. And if so, Why did this Producer make the world now, and not as well before?

His continuous explorations and observation of creatures and environment led him to gain great knowledge in natural science, philosophy and religion. The Arabic text was first published, together with a scrupulously literal Latin translation, under the title Philosophus Autodidactusby Edward Pocock junior son of the great English pioneer in Oriental studiesat Oxford, inand reprinted there in He alone could use tools to clothe and protect himself.

Moreover, the solitude of the uninhabited island is a model of the natural development of the mind in the absence of the diversions and distractions of society. The Improvement of Human Reason: Philosophical themes Hayy ibn Yaqdhan dealt with many philosophical themes, especially in regards to epistemology. A person hayj never exercised their reason and dies and ceases to exist like animals.

He recalled what Aristotle, Plato and all the philosophers had said on the point, and stated also the arguments brought against them by the Muslims, displaying such copious knowledge as I should not have expected even from an expert.

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Hayy ibn Yaqzan

Like the later medieval Christian theologians, Islamic and Arabic thinkers sought to reconcile reason and the revelation of their scripture. In eleventh-century southern Spain, Arabic philosophers achieved a thriving intellectual center in the cultural milieu of al-Andalus Andalusia. Ibn Tufayl ca. Ibn Tufayl presented this view in an intriguing essay that posited human solitude as an essential method for acquiring the highest knowledge.

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After his gazelle mother passes away when he is still a child, he dissects her body and performs an autopsy in order to find out what happened to her. The discovery that her death was due to a loss of innate heat sets him "on a road of scientific inquiry" and self-discovery. Without contact with other human beings, Hayy discovers ultimate truth through a systematic process of reasoned inquiry. Hayy ultimately comes into contact with civilization and religion when he meets a castaway named Absal.

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Abu Bakr ibn Tufayl was born c. In , when he was about 30 or 31, Ibn Tufayl traveled to Marrakesh in modern-day Morocco , where he pursued a political career in the Almohad court. In Hayy ibn Yaqzan, he explores some of the most pressing questions of his day about philosophy and religion through the medium of imaginative fiction. Setting the story on a generic island at an unspecified time helps establish this universality. But despite its indefinite setting, the story features intellectual interests, assumptions, and conclusions that point quite clearly to its origins in twelfth-century Almohad North Africa. Soon after, the Almoravids conquered the numerous petty states taifa kingdoms that made up Muslim Spain. Throughout the period of Almoravid rule, the dynasty fought to protect its holdings from the swelling military might of Christian forces from northern Spain.

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