By Syed Farid Alatas
The writings of Ibn Khaldūn, relatively the Muqaddimah (Prolegomenon) have rightly been considered as being sociological in nature. accordingly, Ibn Khaldūn has been extensively considered as the founding father of sociology, or a minimum of a precursor of contemporary sociology. whereas he used to be given this acceptance, notwithstanding, few works went past proclaiming him as a founder or precursor to the systematic program of his theoretical point of view to express historic and modern features of Muslim societies in North Africa and the center East. the continued presence of Eurocentrism within the social sciences has no longer helped during this regard: it frequently stands within the means of the dignity of non-Western assets of theories and ideas.
This ebook presents an outline of Ibn Khaldūn and his sociology, discusses purposes for his marginality, and indicates how one can deliver Ibn Khaldūn into the mainstream throughout the systematic software of his concept. It strikes past works that easily kingdom that Ibn Khaldūn used to be a founding father of sociology or supply descriptive money owed of his works. in its place it systematically applies Khaldūn’s theoretical standpoint to express ancient elements of Muslim societies in North Africa and the center East, effectively integrating strategies and frameworks from Khaldūnian sociology into sleek social technological know-how theories. Applying Ibn Khaldūn will be of curiosity to scholars and students of sociology and social theory.
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Extra resources for Applying Ibn Khaldūn: The Recovery of a Lost Tradition in Sociology
Ibn Khaldūn notes that this was the case with battle formations during his time and that this fact was sufficient to testify to the situation of the past. Furthermore, Ibn Khaldūn notes that the fact that the Persians had far greater territory under their rule can also be used as a gauge of the size of Moses’ army. If the Persians commanded greater territory it stands to reason that their army was larger than that of the Israelites. We would be more confident in accepting this argument when it is known that the Persians under Nebuchadnezzar defeated the Israelites.
There is an overwhelming emphasis, often exclusive attention, to nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century European and North American male theorists such as Marx, Weber and Durkheim. This is as if to say that there was an absence of European and American women, or Asian, African and Latin American men and women, who theorized about the state of society during the same period. The bulk of research and writing on Ibn Khaldūn consists of (1) biographical details of his life; (2) descriptive restatements of his general theory of state formation or discussions on specific concepts contained in his work; (3) comparisons between his theory and that of the founders of modern Western social science; (4) references to his historical narrative of North Africa (al-maghrib) as a source of historical data and information on the region; and (5) analyses of the methodological foundations of his writings.
2 There is a remarkable lack of diversity across these countries as far as the teaching of sociological theory is concerned. There is an overwhelming emphasis, often exclusive attention, to nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century European and North American male theorists such as Marx, Weber and Durkheim. This is as if to say that there was an absence of European and American women, or Asian, African and Latin American men and women, who theorized about the state of society during the same period.
Applying Ibn Khaldūn: The Recovery of a Lost Tradition in Sociology by Syed Farid Alatas