By Syed Farid Alatas
The writings of Ibn Khaldūn, rather the Muqaddimah (Prolegomenon) have rightly been considered as being sociological in nature. hence, Ibn Khaldūn has been generally considered as the founding father of sociology, or a minimum of a precursor of recent sociology. whereas he was once given this attractiveness, besides the fact that, 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 elements 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 usually stands within the means of the dignity of non-Western assets of theories and ideas.
This ebook offers an outline of Ibn Khaldūn and his sociology, discusses purposes for his marginality, and indicates how you can convey Ibn Khaldūn into the mainstream throughout the systematic program of his idea. It strikes past works that easily nation that Ibn Khaldūn used to be a founding father of sociology or supply descriptive bills of his works. as an alternative it systematically applies Khaldūn’s theoretical point of view to precise ancient elements of Muslim societies in North Africa and the center East, effectively integrating techniques and frameworks from Khaldūnian sociology into glossy 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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The autobiography begins with an observation of an error in the record of his family’s genealogy. Assuming that it were true that the first Khaldūn migrated to Andalusia during the time of the Arab conquest, there would be some 20 generations between him and his ancestor. However, according to the family tree there were ten generations that separated them. Ibn Khaldūn figured that ten generations would not have covered the span of 700 years that separated him from the first Khaldūn, if it was considered that three generations appeared per century.
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Applying Ibn Khaldūn: The Recovery of a Lost Tradition in Sociology by Syed Farid Alatas