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Type: Master thesis
Title: Happiness
Author: Altiner, Serpil
Issue Date: 2015
Keywords: Happiness
Positive Psychology
Virtue of Justice
Human nature
Abstract: Subjective well-being as the object of science in positive psychology, connects the fields of science and morality (virtues) with each other. This development immediately raises the question of to what degree the Western conceptualization of happiness and related virtues introduced by positive psychology can be generalized and applied outside the western context. The concept of happiness in the Islamic tradition when no longer connected to any ontological, historical and cultural collective context can easily be transformed in meaning according to the contemporary socio-political and economic ideologies in a certain society. Therefore, in order to effectively benefit from the richness of Islamic religious wisdom, I think it is important to also have a perception of happiness within Islam’s own cultural, yet especially theological framework. This thesis attempts to examine, the underlying value system of humanistic, but mainly positive psychology related to happiness and presents an Islamic outlook on human potential and the associated objectives and values that the Quran regards as determinants of human happiness. The research question of this thesis reads: “What are the fundamental differences when the Western perspective on happiness in positive psychology is compared with the perspective on happiness from a Quranic understanding?”
Supervisor: De Boer, Elpine
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Theology and Religious Studies (Master)
Specialisation: Master Religion Culture and Society
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/33869

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