By Dalya Cohen-Mor
Dalya Cohen-Mor examines the evolution of the concept that of destiny within the Arab global via readings of spiritual texts, poetry, fiction, and folklore. She contends that trust in destiny has retained its power and maintains to play a pivotal function within the Arabs' outlook on existence and their social psychology. Interwoven with the chapters are sixteen smooth brief tales that additional remove darkness from this interesting subject.
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Thus their days will be fortunate and their fate not altered for the worse. 14 A Matter of Fate The Concept of Fate in Everyday Life In view of the importance of doctrine of predestination in the beliefs and practices of the Arab Muslim world, it is inevitably reﬂected in the conduct and mentality of the people. ”). . ”51 Lane notes that unlike Christians, who tend to blame themselves for every unhappy event they think they have brought on themselves or might have avoided, the Muslim enjoys a rare peace of mind in all the vicissitudes of life.
67 She supports her conclusions with numerous anecdotes, proverbs, and colloquial expressions. The Egyptian sociologist Hamed Ammar has examined the attitudes of the peasant population of Silwa, a village in the province of Aswan. He ﬁnds the belief in fate to be an important psychological mechanism in the personality of the individual in this community. He quotes the social psychologist Abram Kardiner to the effect that “such a mechanism is a tendency to shift personal responsibility on to others or on to supernatural forces.
The puppet’s unsteady steps between the ceiling and the ﬂoor are a powerful reminder of our own precarious existence between heaven and earth. . ”90 The puppet show known as karago¨z was brought into Egypt by the Turks. 91 An analogy between the shadow play and transitory human life was drawn by the Andalusian scholar Ibn H ﬁ azm in A Philosophy of Character and Conduct (Kita¯b al-akhla¯q wa-al-siyar). Ibn H ﬁ azm compares this world to a shadow play in which images are mounted on a rapidly revolving wooden wheel.