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Human behavior from an Islamic perspective: interaction of nature, nurture and spiritual dimension

Abdullah, Fatimah (2011) Human behavior from an Islamic perspective: interaction of nature, nurture and spiritual dimension. The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS), 28 (2). pp. 87-105. ISSN 0742-6763

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Western psychology tends to be divisive in dealing with human personality and has been responsible for the nature-versus nurture controversy. On the one hand, it contends that certain corrupt behavior is predetermined by psychological or biological factors from conception- while on the other, it explains behavior as a simplistic series of reinforcements from contingencies and conditioned responses to environmental stimuli. This secular humanistic outlook has produced an ethical relativism that is the current trend in today's world. This stance is not condemned only by Islam, but also by most religions of the world. This shows that the human nature (fitrah) is still vibrant and dynamic. This article attempts to highlight the importance of the Islamic belief system - which is an integrated and comprehensive way in dealing with human behavior-especially by means of the interaction of nature, nurture, and the spiritual factor in the formation of human behavior.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 621/16035
Uncontrolled Keywords: human behavior, Islamic perspective
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Usul al-Din and Comparative Religion
Depositing User: dr fatimah abdullah
Date Deposited: 08 May 2012 14:51
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2013 11:50
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/16035

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