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REFLECTIONS ON THE IDEA OF ISLAMIC SOCIAL SCIENCE
Comparative Civilizations Review (1987)
  • Syed Farid Alatas
Abstract
When we refer to Islamic social science what do we mean? In what ways can the social sciences be Islamic? There are two such ways. One involves approaching specifically Muslim problems, that is, problems found in Muslim society, in a social scientific manner. An example would be the issue of the relationship between religion and the state. Concepts developed in Western social science would be modified and applied to achieve this aim. The other way in which social science can be Islamic goes beyond the former and involves the idea that social scientific theories, concepts and methodologies can be derived from the history and thought of Islam in order that these social sciences may be based on the Islamic Weltanschauung.
Keywords
  • Alternative Discourses; Ibn Khaldun; Muslim Extremism; Academic Dependency; Christian-Muslim Dialogue.
Publication Date
1987
Citation Information
Syed Farid Alatas. "REFLECTIONS ON THE IDEA OF ISLAMIC SOCIAL SCIENCE" Comparative Civilizations Review.17 (1987): 60-86. Available at: http://works.bepress.com/farid_alatas/22