Volume :38 Issue : 4 2010
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Ibn Khaldun The True Founder of Sociology: His Theories and Contributions to Social Thought.
Auther : Fatimah Abdullah Al-Sulaim
Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406), the Arab philosopher of history, statesman, judge, historian, and sociologist is considered as the true founding Father of modern sociology. However, there is a widespread assumption in the contemporary intellectual production that the science of culture and society originated solely in Europe. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to show how the classical sociological theories, methods, and principles are rooted in the remarkable contributions of Ibn Khaldun. Ibn Khalduns theories and thought still prove their feasibility and applicability to current social issues. Bringing back Ibn Khalduns thoughts into the classical social theories would acknowledge his remarkable contributions to the establishment and development of social thought.
Key words: Ibn Khaldun, Classical sociological theories, History of social thought, Discovery of sociology, Ibn Khalduns theories, Ibn Khalduns methods, Applicability of Ibn Khalduns theories.