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Saʿāda
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(a.), happiness, bliss, a central concept in Islamic philosophy to describe the highest aim of human striving, which can be reached through ethical perfection and increasing knowledge. In non-philosophical literature, the term (as opposed to s̲h̲aḳāwa , s̲h̲aḳwa , s̲h̲aḳāʾ , s̲h̲aḳā ) describes either happy circumstances in life (see for instance Ibn Ḥanbal, Musnad , ed. Cairo 1313/1895-6, i, 168, 29-30, iii, 407, last section), the unexpected happiness of a long life (Musnad, iii, 332, 28), preservation from temptations (ibid., i, 327, 9-10; Abū Dāwūd, Sunan , Kitāb al-Fitan , 2, Ḥ…

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Daiber, H., “Saʿāda”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 22 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6361>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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