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By Syed Farid Alatas

The writings of Ibn Khaldūn, relatively the Muqaddimah (Prolegomenon) have rightly been considered as being sociological in nature. consequently, Ibn Khaldūn has been commonly considered as the founding father of sociology, or at the least a precursor of recent sociology. whereas he was once given this acceptance, although, few works went past proclaiming him as a founder or precursor to the systematic program of his theoretical viewpoint to express historic and modern points of Muslim societies in North Africa and the center East. the ongoing presence of Eurocentrism within the social sciences has no longer helped during this regard: it usually stands within the means of the honour of non-Western assets of theories and ideas.

This booklet offers an outline of Ibn Khaldūn and his sociology, discusses purposes for his marginality, and indicates how you can carry Ibn Khaldūn into the mainstream during the systematic program of his concept. It strikes past works that easily country that Ibn Khaldūn used to be a founding father of sociology or offer descriptive money owed of his works. as an alternative it systematically applies Khaldūn’s theoretical viewpoint to precise historic points of Muslim societies in North Africa and the center East, effectively integrating options and frameworks from Khaldūnian sociology into glossy social technology 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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