By Syed Farid Alatas
The writings of Ibn Khald?n, relatively the Muqaddimah (Prolegomenon) have rightly been considered as being sociological in nature. consequently, Ibn Khald?n has been generally considered as the founding father of sociology, or no less than a precursor of contemporary sociology. whereas he used to be given this acceptance, even if, few works went past proclaiming him as a founder or precursor to the systematic program of his theoretical point of view to precise historic and modern facets 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 approach of the dignity of non-Western resources of theories and ideas.
This ebook presents an outline of Ibn Khald?n and his sociology, discusses purposes for his marginality, and indicates how you can deliver Ibn Khald?n into the mainstream in the course of the systematic software of his conception. It strikes past works that easily country that Ibn Khald?n was once a founding father of sociology or supply descriptive money owed of his works. in its place it systematically applies Khald?n’s theoretical viewpoint to precise old features of Muslim societies in North Africa and the center East, effectively integrating innovations and frameworks from Khald?nian sociology into glossy social technological know-how theories. Applying Ibn Khald?n will be of curiosity to scholars and students of sociology and social theory.
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Applying Ibn Khald?n: The Recovery of a Lost Tradition in Sociology (Routledge Advances in Sociology) by Syed Farid Alatas