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Islamizing the taleem ….. – 56 (Introducing Acigenc’s theory on worldview)

13 Dec

(My dialogue through email with a group on the Topic: Islamizing the Taleem and Tarbiyah of our children)

Assalamu Alaikum,

In discussions on perception theories we have so far discussed following:

1) Qur’anic approach to perception:
a. Qalb is the seat of perception.
b. When the Qalb becomes blind to truth so are our eyes and ears and we cannot see Allah’s ayahs.
c. Our Qalb gets coated with rust when we intentionally deny Allah’s ayahs and we drift further away from the truth.

2) March and Simon’s perception model:
a. At any moment every person has an internal state or mindset (which governs her/his perception) which is the result of her/his previous learning.
b. When there is some happening or some stimulus from the environment (which is nearly a continuous process when that person is awake), the person will only register things which are significant from his own perspective ( in other words the things which are important in his perception) and will reject the rest.
c. With each new learning the internal state is altered a little or more to adjust to the new learning, and this process continues throughout a person’s life. In other words a person is continuously adapting and adjusting to new learning experiences. We can say a persons mindset or thought structure is most definitely effected by her/his learning experiences. Which is a very important point in the concept of education. If we give good and healthy experiences the mindset will develop accordingly, on the other hand if the learning is defective or bad it will affect accordingly.

Now I continue with the theories on worldview/perception. As mentioned earlier Dr. Alparsalan Acikgenc is an Islamic intellectual. He is Turkish and has been serving for over twenty years at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC), a part of International Islamic University Malaysia.

As per his theory every person has some pre-programmed knowledge which the person is born with and the knowledge acquired in this life here results in a mental framework in which a human mind makes meaning of this world. The mind has naturally built in power (quwwah) to form this conceptual framework for itself, within which it can operate and make meanings of whatever is happening around. The major factors that shape a worldview are mainly psychological, cultural and educational. It has a natural aspect where a person automatically learns by observing his culture, parents and environment. The worldview developed by this observations and experiences is Natural Worldview. . And then there is an intentional or deliberate learning which also creates a worldview which he calls Transparent world view.

Shall inshaAllah continue in my next e-mail.

A piece of advice for my audience. When we talk of perception we should realize that every person has a unique way of thinking and will express his views accordingly, which he has the right for. If we become reactive, it does not serve anyone’s purpose and we lose our case as well. Let us accommodate every ones views and if we think otherwise let us deal it intellectually through logic and intelligent discussions. This is the way of our Prophet, may peace and blessings of Allah be on him.

Br. Abid.