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‘Raising Hope’ in Quran and psychology

Seyed M.H. Shirvani
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 1 | a4828 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i1.4828 | © 2018 Seyed M.H. Shirvani | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 October 2017 | Published: 22 August 2018

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Seyed M.H. Shirvani, Department of Quranic science, Faculty of Theological Sciences, University of Mazandaran, Iran; Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

This article, through a comparative study, aims at defining and analysing the concept of hope in the Quran versus psychology. The study defines common and differential grounds in the area, and suggests a proper approach for establishing and boosting hope in people based on the Quran’s lessons. One of the noticeable results of this study is that many of the techniques for creation and improvement of hope are already present in the Quran, and that there are many shared grounds between findings of civilisations and the Divine teachings. It was found that both psychology and the Quran both view hope as a rewarded patience along with action to achieve one’s goal, and both fields concur that knowing one’s goal and obstacles can preserve hope in man. Some differences were also found. In contrast to psychology, hope in the Quran is based on the goal behind human creation and in line with its perfection, whose sole basis would be faith in God. Also, in psychology the techniques proposed for hope improvement are individual for the most part, whereas the Quran aims at proposing behavioural approaches in societal scale in addition to individual solutions.

Keywords

Hope; Hope Inculcation; Raising Hope; Quran; Psychology

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