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The Epistemology of Ibn Khaldun
The Epistemology of Ibn Khaldun
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*[A5+] Paperback - 206 pages,
Ibn Khaldun's [d.808h], Kitab al-Ilm (Muqaddima),
by Zaid Ahmad,
Published by Routledge.

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The Epistemology of Ibn Khaldun : This is an analytical examination of Ibn Khaldun's epistemology, centred on Chapter Six of the Muqaddima. In this chapter, entitled The Book of Knowledge (Kitab al-'Ilm), Ibn Khaldun sketched his general ideas about knowledge and science and its relationship with human social organisation and the establishment of a civilisation.

Zaid Ahmad investigates the philosophical foundation of Ibn Khaldun's concept of knowledge, the hierarchical order of science and the sociological context in which knowledge and science can be transformed into the force that determines the prosperity of a civilisation.

'A highly esteemed piece of work.' - Ghazali Basri, Jawhar.

Ibn Khaldūn (d. 808/1406), the celebrated social theorist and historian, is renowned for the Muqaddima and the ʿIbar, which are considered milestones in the fields of medieval sociology and the philosophy of history.

Ibn Khaldun was an extraordinary scholar, perhaps one of the most read and written-about Muslim intellectuals. His revolutionary views on several issues that appear especially in his magnum opus, the Muqaddima, has attracted the attentions of Muslim scholars and many Western thinkers from various academic fields and backgrounds.

Zaid Ahmad is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Civilisational Studies at University Putra Malaysia. He lectures on various subjects in Philosophy, Ethics, Islamic Thought, History and Civilisational Studies. Among his latest publications is 'Epistemology and Human Dimension in Urban Studies', in Urban Issues and Challenges, Kuala Lumpur.

Table of Contents :


General Introduction,
---Aim and justification of study,
---Some notes on methodology and support.

---[1]. Introductory Materials to the Study of Chapter 6 of the Muqaddima;
--------Sources and influences,
--------Textual variants; short and long versions of the introductory remarks,
--------The growth of the text,
--------Connection of the introductry materials with the contents of Chapter 6,

---[2]. Man as Thinking Animal: A Philosophical Introduction to Human Psychology and the Establishment of Social Organisation;
--------The significance of fikr,
--------The importance of co-operation (ta'awun),
--------The process of knowledge,
--------The need for prophecy,
--------The nature of crafts and scientific introduction,,
--------The contemporary situation,
--------Urban culture and the improvement of the soul,
--------Urban culture and political stability improve the advancement of science,

---[3]. The Division of the Sciences;
--------The basic division of the sciences,
--------The traditional sciences,
--------The sciences of the Qur'an and Sunna,
--------The law,
--------The science of speculative theology ('ilm al-kalam),
--------Ambiguity in the Qur'an and the Sunna and the dogmatic schools of orthodox and innovators,
--------Sufism and the spiritual sciences.

---[4]. The Intellectual Sciences (al-'ulum al-'aqliyya);
--------The science of logic ('ilm al-mantiq),
--------Metaphysics ('ulum al-ilahiyyat),
--------The significance of the intellectual sciences (al-'ulum al-'aqliyya),
--------The sciences of sorcery and the use of talismans,
--------Refutation of philosophy (ibtal al-falsafa).

---[5]. Scholarship as a Science and Pedagogical Method;
--------Problems and obstacles,
--------The value of the short summary (ikhtisar) and good pedagogical method,
--------The character of instrumental / auxiliary sciences (al-'ulum al-aliyya),
--------Instruction  - elementary education (ta'lim al-wildan),
--------Perfection in knowledge and the role of language,
--------Scholars and politics,
--------Islamic scholarship; the non-Arab and the role of language.

---[6]. Language and Literature;
--------The science of the Arabic language ('ulum lisan al-'Arab),
--------The science of literature ('ilm al-adab),
--------The nature and development of language,
--------Linguistic taste and the position of classical Arabic,
--------Poetry and prose,

---[7]. Conclusion of Findings;
--------Assessment of Ibn Khaldun's theoretical foundation,
--------Concluding remarks and findings.


Also see The Muqaddima,
More Islamic Studies : Darsi Kitabs.

*Dimensions : 23.4 x 15.6cm.

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