By Syed Farid Alatas
The writings of Ibn Khaldūn, relatively the Muqaddimah (Prolegomenon) have rightly been considered as being sociological in nature. therefore, Ibn Khaldūn has been largely considered as the founding father of sociology, or at the very least a precursor of recent sociology. whereas he was once given this popularity, although, few works went past proclaiming him as a founder or precursor to the systematic software of his theoretical viewpoint to precise historic and modern points of Muslim societies in North Africa and the center East. the continued presence of Eurocentrism within the social sciences has now not helped during this regard: it usually stands within the means of the glory of non-Western assets of theories and ideas.
This publication offers an outline of Ibn Khaldūn and his sociology, discusses purposes for his marginality, and indicates how you can deliver Ibn Khaldūn into the mainstream in the course of the systematic software of his thought. It strikes past works that easily kingdom that Ibn Khaldūn was once a founding father of sociology or offer descriptive debts of his works. as an alternative it systematically applies Khaldūn’s theoretical point of view to express old facets of Muslim societies in North Africa and the center East, effectively integrating techniques 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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There are clearly areas for the further development of sociology that seriously take the ideas of Ibn Khaldūn into account. This book is about the possibilities of developing Khaldūnian sociology, a sociology that can be applied to historical and contemporary empirical cases. 1 The errors of history and the new science Introduction to the Muqaddimah The problematization of history as the basis for sociology The basis of Ibn Khaldūn’s new science of society was his critique of the state of historiography among the historians of the Arab East and West up to his time.
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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.