History of Civilization Sciences in Islam

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Ibn Haldun University is pleased to announce that it is organizing a symposium in Istanbul in honor of the Professor Fuat Sezgin to pay homage to his scientific legacy. Turkey declared 2019 as the year of Fuat Sezgin, a world-renowned late Turkish historian of science who made significant contributions to the documentation of the scientific works of the Muslim civilization.

Partly due to the influence of Fuat Sezgin, in the last decades, there has been a considerable amount of work done on the contributions of the Muslim civilization on sciences. Unfortunately, although the perspective of Fuat Sezgin was wide including hadith, geography, philosophy, these recent works have been mostly focused on natural sciences, and valuable contributions of the Muslim civilization on the social sciences and humanities has been ignored and unexplored. In order to stimulate research in this direction, we decided to focus the symposium on these neglected fields. Since the division of social sciences and humanities is shaped by positivism and does not reflect the understanding of Islamic civilization of these disciplines we prefer to use the term Civilization Sciences. We believe that focusing on just natural sciences does not reflect the intellectual contribution of Muslim civilization, whose contribution to Civilization Sciences is most significant in our opinion.

Contributions across all academic disciplines are welcome, with particular attention given to the following research areas including but not limited to following:

  1. History of Classification of Sciences
  2. History of Literature
  3. History of Linguistics
  4. History of History
  5. History of Geography
  6. History of Psychology
  7. History of Philosophy
  8. History of Management
  9. History of Economics
  10. History of Politics
  11. History of Islamic Sciences
  12. History of History of Religion
  13. History of Civilizations Research
  14. History of Educational Sciences
  15. History of Arts
  16. History of Sociology
  17. History of Logic
  18. History of Communication

Additional suggestions are welcome.

Since Fuat Sezgin contributed to the understanding of the impact of Muslim civilization on science, the symposium will accept only papers focusing on the Muslim civilization’s contribution to the above-mentioned areas. Paper will be accepted in three languages: Turkish, English and Arabic.

Partners in organizing this symposium include: Istanbul University, Fatih Sultan Mehmet University, Fuat Sezgin Vakfı, Marmara University, Medeniyet University.

Venue: The conference will be held at Ibn Haldun University Başakşehir Campus and will be hosted by Ibn Haldun University. (Open to change.)

Date: 20-21 December 2019.

Format: Papers are invited for talks of between 20-25 minutes and each talk will be followed by time for questions and discussion.

Submission of Abstracts: Please submit a title and abstract not exceeding 500 words to: hcsi@ihu.edu.tr


Important Dates:

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 September 2019.

Notification of accepted submissions will be given by 7 October 2019.

First drafts should be submitted by 15 November 2019.

The accepted papers after the refereeing process will be considered for publication in Ibn Haldun Journal and in a printed symposium book.


Ibn Haldun University
Ulubatlı Hasan Caddesi, No:2
34494 - Başakşehir, İstanbul, Turkey
e-Mail: hcsi@ihu.edu.tr
Tel. +90 212 692 0 212