On the Methodology of Islamizing the Social Sciences

  • Ibrahim A. Ragab International Islamic University Malaysia

Abstract

It is argued in this paper that the Islamization of the social sciences should be seen-for conceptual and for pragmatic reasons-as the heart of the Islamization of Knowledge (IOK) movement. If that position is accepted, the importance of efforts to clarify the specific methodology for the Islamization of the social sciences becomes self-evident. An attempt is made here to suggest an outline for such a methodology, building on the pioneer work of Ismā‘īl al-Fārūqī and on mainstream writings on IOK. The issue of the "starting point" for actual efforts at the Islamization of the social sciences is discussed in detail, particularly along with two major phases of this work, i.e., (a) generating an "integral theoretical framework" that combines insights gleaned from Islamic revealed knowledge and from the human sciences; and (b) validating that theoretical framework in well-designed research projects and professional practice field demonstrations. The implications of the suggested methodology for research and for theory building are discussed.

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Ragab, I. A. (1). On the Methodology of Islamizing the Social Sciences. Intellectual Discourse, 7(1). Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/intdiscourse/index.php/islam/article/view/309
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