Meet Abu Zayd al-Balkhi Who Introduced the Concept of Mental Health In Psychology During The 9th Century | Mvslim

 

If the Nafs (psyche) gets sick, the body may also find no joy in life with development of physical illness

Abu Zayd al-Balkhi was a 9th century Muslim polymath, whose writings touched on subjects as varied as geography, medicine, philosophy, theology, politics, poetry, ethics, sociology, grammar, literature and astronomy. Born in 849 CE (235 AH) in the Persian village of Shamisitiyan, within the Balkh (from which he gets his name) province, now a part of modern day Afghanistan, he went on to write more than 60 books and manuscripts. Unfortunately, most of the documents authored by him have been lost over the years, with only a minority of his work reaching us in the modern era. Of the few aspects of his legacy that have reached us, namely his development of the “Balkhi School” of terrestrial mapping, and his work on the Sustenance of the Soul, both show the intellectual prowess of the scholar. Al-Balkhi received his early education from his father and as he grew older, he began studying the scientific and artistic branches of knowledge of the time. In terms of his temperament, he is described as being shy and contemplative.[  ]

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  1. Muslims were very advanced in this field and had sanitariums for mentally ill people. Pythagoras, besides mathematics, is recognized by some as the father of psychiatry as he was perhaps the first great thinker to postulate that thinking comes from the brain not the heart(Galen) and that manifestations of mental illness were caused by dysfunction in the brain. He recommended nutrition (more fruit and vegetables in diet), hot baths, long walks and stimulating conversation in patient treatment. Suppose this makes him father of holistic treatment for mental illness as well.

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