ON THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING GIVEN MEANING: FROM A FRAGMENTED LIFE INTO AN INTEGRAL LIFE

Abstract

Author(s): Harun GEER, Saffet KARTOPU, H?z?r HACIKELE?O?LU

Fundamental problem of this study is composed of the research question as to whether religion will be one of the exotic particulars coloring the life of a person in the post-modern period or whether it will continue its traditional function surrounding the person and community and providing them an integral meaningful world. As it is known an individual is born in a community and he develops his personality with the fundamental dynamics forming the community in which he is born. Therefore, role models in a community compose an important factor in determining the life line of a person in which he will continue his existence. However, the communal dynamics constituting this model are not phenomenon that are fixed, sterile and which are shaped outside/above the community. Given meaningful world of which marks traditional life has crashed with the philosophical and scientific ground changes occurring with the idea of getting enlightened the assertion of self-building of “fluid” personality coming out with modern/postmodern period has forced the person to a rational base where meaning is constantly destroyed and built again. This base has also created two types of authorities that are indecisive and variable at the same time: Experts and numeric abundance. Religion, being the most important meaning source of given, has evolved in this period and it has transformed into an area of specialization such as “religious consultancy” and to one of the consumable exotic parts coloring the life of person. In this respect, the study correlates the meaning problem lived through by Muslims nowadays to bipolar fragmentation. Again, it asserts that Muslims are condemned to a fragmented identity in the “middle place” as per urgency coming out due to technological underdevelopment on one side and as his own traditional world of meaning is lost on the other side and having an opposing stand over technology in most of the times

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