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Muhammad IqbalEssays on the Reconstruction of Modern Muslim Thought$
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Chad Hillier and Basit Koshul

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748695416

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748695416.001.0001

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The Human Person in Iqbal’s Thought1

The Human Person in Iqbal’s Thought1

(p.12) 2 The Human Person in Iqbal’s Thought1
Muhammad Iqbal

Ebrahim Moosa

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the philosophical anthropology of Muhammad Iqbal's theory of khudi (selfhood or personhood). Asserting that this is Iqbal's greatest contribution to philosophy, it shows how Iqbal rehabilitated the concept and used it as the source of inspiration for the social reconstruction of Muslim society. Stripped of its selfish egotism, and rooted in Iqbal's epistemological metaphysics of intuition, khudi now becomes a positive signifier for a renewed identity for the individual and also the impetus for a creative revolution in the world. Indeed, in Iqbal's understanding, selfhood only triumphs through love of the divine, and when selfhood is realised then it becomes equal to the resurrection of humankind.

Keywords:   Muhammad Iqbal, khudi, selfhood, personhood, social reconstruction, Muslim society, intuition, creative revolution

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