Sustenance of The Soul


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Abu Zayd Al-Balkhi’s : Sustenance Of The Soul
The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Of A Ninth Century Physician

This book is the translation of the second part of the Book Masalih al-Abdan wa al-Anfus

Translation and Annotation By Dr. Malik Badri

Paperback 80 Pages

SKU: 978-1-56564-599-8
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Centuries ahead of its time in realizing the Importance of Mental and Physical Health for Human Wellbeing.

About The Book

From Masalih al-Abdan wa al-Anfus (Sustenance for Bodies and Souls).

Preserved in the Ayasofya Library in Istanbul is an astonishing manuscript. Written more than eleven centuries ago, by the ninth century CE polymath Abu Zayd al-Balkhi, it tackles mental and psychological disorders which seem commonplace to us today.

Al-Balkhi explains symptoms and treatments giving advice on preventive measures and how to return the body and soul to their natural healthy state. In doing so he displays a keen understanding of the human condition and the medical nature of the human emotional state. An astonishing feat given that many of the conditions he discusses were left largely unknown and untreated for centuries before being clinically defined as such, only as relatively recently as the 20th century.
A genius, his insights on human psychopathology as well as diagnoses of psychological ailments including stress, depression, fear and anxiety, phobic and obsessive-compulsive disorders, together with their treatment by cognitive behavior therapy, relate to us in every way and are in sync with modern psychology. Importantly they also incorporate a greater dimension to include the soul and the worship of God.

About The Author

Abu Zayd al-Balkhi (850–934) was one of the greatest scholars of his time. He was born in a small village called Shamisitiyan, in the Persian province of Balkh, which is now part of Afghanistan. In the fields of philosophy, mathematics, history, geography, medicine and others, he composed about sixty works. He is also known as one of the worlds’ first known cognitive psychologists.

About The Translator

Malik Badri was born in Rufa’a, Sudan in 1932. He obtained his B.A. (with distinction) and his Diploma of Education from the American University of Beirut, in 1956. His M.A. was also secured from the same university in 1958.

He further obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Leicester, England in 1961 and his Postgraduate Certificate of Clinical Psychology from the Academic Department of Psychiatry of the Middlesex Hospital Medical School of London University in 1966. He was elected Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 1977 and is now the holder of the title of C.Psychol.
In recognition to his contributions in his field he was awarded an honorary D.Sc. from the Ahfad University and was decorated by the President of Sudan in April of the year, 2003, with the medal of Shahid Zubair, the highest award for academic excellence. At present he is Professor in the Department of Psychology of the International Islamic University of Malaysia.

Additional information

Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 15 × 0.5 × 23 cm


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