1st International Ibn Khaldun Symposium

Current Muslim Reform Projects and Their Destiny: A Critical Analysis from Ibn Khaldun’s Perpective

Syed Farid Alatas

Last modified: 07-09-2017

Abstract (400-500 words)

Muslim revival has been studied mainly as a modern phenomenon and as a reaction toWestern imperialism and colonialism, and the modernization of the Muslim world. Muslimrevival, however, is a much older phenomenon that dates back to the first century of Islam,which saw the first extremist groups to emerge in the Muslim world. An important theoreticalresource for the study of Muslim revival is the work of ‘Abd al-Rahman Ibn Khaldun.While Ibn Khaldun is well-known in both the Muslim world and the West, he has been seenmore of a precursor of the various modern social sciences and as source of historical dataand information, rather than as a resource for the development of theoretical perspectives.This paper introduces Ibn Khaldun’s theory of state formation as a theory of Muslim revivalfounded on the concept of taghyir al-munkar and makes some remarks concerning the relevanceof this theory to the study of contemporary Muslim revival.


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