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Ibn Bajja, Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Yahya ibn as-Say’igh (d. 1138)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-H023-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

Ibn Bajja’s philosophy may be summed up in two words; al-ittisal (conjunction) and al-tawahhud (solitude). Conjunction is union with the divine realm, a union that reveals the eternal and innermost aspects of the universe. Through this union or knowledge, one is completed as a human being, and in this completion the ultimate human end, happiness, is achieved. Solitude, on the other hand, is separation from a society that is lacking in knowledge. Once united with the eternal aspects of the universe, one must isolate oneself from those who are not in the same state, who may therefore distract one from the supernatural realm through their ignorance and corruption.

Citing this article:
Inati, Shams C.. Ibn Bajja, Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Yahya ibn as-Say’igh (d. 1138), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-H023-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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