The Arabic philosophical fable Hayy Ibn Yaqzan is a classic of medieval Islamic philosophy. Ibn Tufayl (d. ), the Andalusian philosopher, tells of a child. : Hayy Ibn Yaqzan (): Ibn Tufayl, Ibn Tufail, Lenn Evan Goodman: Books. Although Ibn Tufayl’s philosophical tale Hayy ibn Yaqzan is one of the most famous medieval Arabic stories to reach the West, precious little is known about the.

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Islamic Naturalism and Mysticism: Hayy grows strong among the deer, living and grazing amongst them. Hayy, realising that his apprehension of God as an uncaused, non- physical, eternally-existing Being could not have derived from the human senses which could only grasp what is physical and contingent: Hayy was continuing therefore in a proud Tradition of self-made men.

As he grows older, Hayy becomes more reflective and, unlike the animals that he shares his habitat with that remain firmly within the physical world, he ign to question his existence and to speculate upon the metaphysical and in God. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

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For example, Hayy dissects the doe to find out what happened to her. But Salaman preferred being among people and gave greater weight to the sayings of the Law in favor of society, since he was by nature chary of too much independent thinking or doing.

Hayy in this way came to know what medieval philosophers understood to be God, the Unmoved Mover, the ontological cause of the world, whose eternal, unwavering existence, beneficence, and mercy sustain the world. Hayy confirms this insight, propelled by curiosity: Kant, Immanuel, Dreams of a Spirit-Seer, trans. Hayy believes that he is a species apart from the other animals, more akin to the celestial bodies.


Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. He and the doe were inseperable, she always leading him to good water and good food, helping him crack hard nuts open so he could eat them and they protected each other and spoke to each other in calls suited for animals.

He comes to three conclusions.

Ibn Tufayl’s Hayy Ibn Yaqzan

Yet, his critique is not leveled against the masses only. Conclusion Through spiritual exercises, Hayy, now weary of the physical world, was able to enter the sublime state and stay as long as he wished, with little regard for the needs of the body. The reader might well be disappointed at the end of the novel to learn that Crusoe’s solitude has only been a device for his turn of fortune and real goal of making money.

Two such followers of this religion were Absal and Salaman who, for Ibn Tufayl, represent two opposite forms of religious expression, whilst remaining adherents to the same religion. Hayy noted that when he shut his eyes or something was put in front of them, he ceased to be able to see until the obstruction was removed.

Then, Hayy begans to notice that fire always moves up and the other elements also tend to act according to their own natures, and that all objects have extension and form. However, one survival ubn does attempt to address some deeper issues, but in doing so must sacrifice the device of feralness.

: Hayy Ibn Yaqzan (): Ibn Tufayl, Ibn Tufail, Lenn Evan Goodman: Books

He confuses and confounds time, place, and natural hsyy. Hayy’s development from feral to thinking, acting human being has parallels in literary lore, such as Kipling and Burroughs, the British writers. This is a standard disclaimer safely affirming religious conformity.


Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The third type of likeness contrasts to the two other types, to the inanimate and animate beings on earth. These moments, then, are transient, as William James duly noted and, therefore, leave us craving for more. Hayy was thinking abstractly. In the modern Arab world, Hayy ibn Yaqzan continues to be tufagl frequently and to occupy a place in popular imagination through paintings, films, and television specials.

Eventually, he developed blood vessels and nerves and the rest of the organs and burst out of the patch of fermented earth where he grew, so that he could be found crying by the doe. A current carried the casket to a deserted island and lodged gufayl in a thicket that protected it from inclement weather.

By the age of 21 Hayy is now dressed in the skins of animals and has even made his own shoes. Therefore living things form quickly whenever this air and vital heat are enclosed in anything.

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He also became the carer for the ageing doe, rather than the cared-for. He may have studied Sufism while residing in Marrakesh, a prominent Sufi center in the Almohad period.

He explains this by discussing how among animal kind, they vary only in their properties in the account of their matter.

And lost into the Active Yqzan of God. In the second version, the sister of a tyrant king married a kinsman in secret, far from the eyes of her brother, who insisted on choosing her spouse himself.