1st International Ibn Khaldun Symposium

İbn Haldun’un Gözüyle Naklî İlimler

Mürteza Bedir

Last modified: 07-09-2017

Abstract (400-500 words)

Studies that have examined Ibn Khaldun as a historian of Islamic civilization and hisfamous work al-Muqaddimah have concentrated on subjects like his philosophy of historyand theory of society. However, alongside the observations and theories that IbnKhaldun put forward in these areas, he also worked in such areas as the creation and classificationof information; in this aspect he put forward contemporary interpretations thatwere not only concerned with the development of science, but which were also related tothe situation in which the sciences existed at that time.In this study we will examine first the concept of knowledge in the sources of Ibn Khaldun'ssocial theory, and particularly how the sciences that were recorded in the name of this conceptaffected, in a concrete way, his categorization of knowledge in what he called the fundamentalIslamic sciences. While evaluating these sciences, the method developed by IbnKhaldun will be given special emphasis, and how faithful he remained to those sciencesthat he perceived as being concrete will be examined in these sections. In this work we willinvestigate, from the point of view of the consequences, in what way Ibn Khaldun’s methodsof studying the history of civilizations can contribute to modern Islamic thought andthe concept of Islamic sciences. In a more abstract way, one of the aims of this study consistsof whether Ibn Khaldun’s approach can offer a perspective to modern Muslims whoare studying the history of fundamental Islamic sciences.


Islamic sciences; Muqaddimah