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Religions 2014, 5(1), 179-198;

A Qur’anic Framework for Spiritual Intelligence

Department of Fundamental and Inter Disciplinary Studies, Kulliyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, International Islamic University (IIUM), P.O. Box 10, Kuala Lumpur 50728, Malaysia
Academy of Islamic Studies, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia
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Received: 14 October 2013 / Revised: 24 January 2014 / Accepted: 28 January 2014 / Published: 26 February 2014
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This paper examines the perspective of the Qur’an on spiritual intelligence in an attempt to understand its foundations, meaning and nature, as well as derive its indicators, in an effort to develop a competency-based criterion for it. This paper draws on some illustrations that effectively highlight the Qur’anic perspective on the subject of spiritual intelligence. The paper concludes that spiritual intelligence developed in accordance with a Qur’anic framework that incorporates spiritual consciousness into a system of belief, worship, morality and social responsibility. The understanding of the Qur’anic perspective helps uncover some of the broad underlying theoretical principles and values of Islamic spiritual intelligence which shapes much of Muslim spiritual undertaking with relation to a wider spectrum of interaction with faith-groups and society; effectively developing more inclusive models of evaluation and capacity-building in contemporary multi-religious societies. View Full-Text
Keywords: Islamic spirituality; Islamic spiritual intelligence; spiritual experience; spiritual experience; spiritual consciousness Islamic spirituality; Islamic spiritual intelligence; spiritual experience; spiritual experience; spiritual consciousness
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Bensaid, B.; Machouche, S.T.; Grine, F. A Qur’anic Framework for Spiritual Intelligence. Religions 2014, 5, 179-198.

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