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Ibn Khaldun’s Typology of Society in the Light Thought

Auther : F.Baali / A.Wardi

In the past three decades social scientist have been increasingly interested in Ibn Khaldun’s writings, especially his analysis of bedew (anomalism) and hadhara (civilization). But what lesson can be drawn from studying the theory of a fourteenth century writer? This question puts us face to face with controversy that has engaged the mind of modern man for some time. Some thinkers are of the opinion that there is not use in studying the theories of the past, it is more useful to concentrate on understanding the most recent ones since they contain the valid elements of the past theories and they are according: The end-produced of what the creative minds of the past have produced. Is this argument correct? It would seem that this is the case to some extent, in the field of natural sciences, where the last-developed theories are, more or less, the sifted end products or the previous ones. In the social sciences, however, the matter is quite different. The newer theory is not necessarily the better of the more valid. Those who are influenced by the pattern of the natural sciences are usually inclined to view social theories in the same light, which they view natural science theories, without observing the major difference between the two. A social theories is usually expounded by its author is response to a certain problem which is more of less, restricted in its cause and effect to his time and place. It is in other words, part of the culture within which it appears.

 

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