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The problem of seclusion in the classical Islamic thought is simultaneously religious, ethical, political, and a metaphysical one. The issue of withdrawal from the community is closely related to the matter of happiness. Is loneliness the way to contentment or only life in society can lead a man to happiness? This paper outlines the most important positions within the classical Islamic thought on the phenomenon ofseclusion. Thus, Al-Fārābī, following Plato and Aristotle, emphasizes thatdoaj:933bfa9e75b640398d5d35a4bd5f5bcb fatcat:hl7yc5upivbovej2fhxgzhiwrm