Muhammad Zainiy Uthman
Hardback, 178 pages
This book looks at al-Attas’ contribution to the reformulation of the concept of the human soul, the intellect, the heart as an organ of spiritual cognition, prophecy, and happiness. Ibn Sina's ability to formulate arguments, develop ideas and weave differing opinions into a fabric of new ideas that presents a new outlook strikes a remarkable resemblance to al-Attas as can be gleaned from his works. As early as his Some Aspects of Sufism as Understood and Practised Among the Malays, followed by his Mysticism of Ḥamzah Fansuri, and later his Commentary on the Ḥujjat al-Ṣiddīq, to cite a few, al-Attas has been consistent in the triangulation of ideas from the faylasūf, the mutakallimūn and the Sufis on key ideas of philosophy, theology, and metaphysics in Islam; a counter-thesis to the image which more often than not portrayed the three groups of thinkers as mutual adversaries. He has done so not to establish an artificial coherence amongst them and their ideas, but more importantly — and indeed this is quintessentially his — to put major ideas in their proper places, based on hierarchy and benefits to man, to commensurate the ranks and degrees of authorities in knowledge of reality and truth: that is adab towards knowledge.
• The Human Soul and the Intellect
• The Heart and Spiritual Cognition