The Origins of Western Social Sciences

Journal of Islamic Economics, Banking and Finance, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 9-22, 2009

13 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2009 Last revised: 17 Sep 2010

Asad Zaman

Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

Date Written: March 11, 2009

Abstract

On the whole, Muslims have accepted Western claims that both social sciences and physical sciences are equally fact and logic based, and "positive" descriptions of reality. In fact, Western formulations of social sciences hide ethical and social commitments to secular views which conflict the Islamic views. Widespread acceptance by Muslims of these false claims to factuality and objectivity has prevented the development of genuine Islamic alternatives, and has been a serious obstacle to progress in the project of "Islamization of Knowledge". The goal of this paper is to examine the origins of Western Social Science, and to show how it is based on secular preconceptions antithetical to Islam.

Keywords: Social Science, Islamization of Knowledge

JEL Classification: B20, B40

Suggested Citation

Zaman, Asad, The Origins of Western Social Sciences (March 11, 2009). Journal of Islamic Economics, Banking and Finance, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 9-22, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1357823 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1357823

Asad Zaman (Contact Author)

Pakistan Institute of Development Economics ( email )

Quaid-i-Azam University Campus
P.O.Box 1091
Islamabad, Federal Capital 44000
Pakistan

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