Mohammad Ali Shomali
This book is an invitation to a journey, an interior journey of discovery in quest of a lost treasure containing the most precious jewels of the creation. The map which shows the way is to be found in the message of God for mankind, a way which is also indicated by the internal compass in every heart.
The journey begins with an inquiry into the nature of the spirit and its virtues and vices, and we are led to an understanding that man has the potential to be the representative of God on earth. If we pay heed to our origin and present conditions, and if we arrive at a sufficient understanding of our ultimate goal, the kinds of knowledge that are obtained on the journey will help us to make wise choices about the course our lives may take.
Self-knowledge was written in English and has been translated into Spanish, Indonesian and Kiswahili. While it retains the style of a text of fourteen lessons, it is engaging and lively rather than pedantic.
Mohammad Ali Shomali is a graduate of the Islamic Seminaries of Qum and has also both a BA and a MA in western philosophy from the University of Tehran. He has earned his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Manchester. His publications include: Ethical Relativism (2001) and Principles of Jurisprudence (2006).
Islamic University for Women