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Living Fully at Forty and Beyond

Posted: 6 Nov 2006  

Ali Khan

Washburn University /Legal Scholar Academy

Date Written: September 2005


Islam recognises no mid-life crisis that presumably occurs around the age of forty. In America, however, since youth is the definition of life, turning forty is full of anxiety and melancholy. For many middle-aged men and women - as their juvenescence wanes and the illusion that 'life is a party' shatters - the personal threads of existence begin to unravel. Caught in the mid-life crisis, they experience gloom and depression. Some change jobs; some get divorced; some drink heavily or binge on food; some suffer from insomnia, and many live in anger.

Keywords: Islam, turning forty, spiritual life

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Khan, Ali mname, Living Fully at Forty and Beyond (September 2005). Available at SSRN: or

Ali Khan (Contact Author)

Washburn University /Legal Scholar Academy ( email )

Topeka, KS 66610
United States
7856701671 (Phone)


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