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
Date Written: March 11, 2009
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
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