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Indegeneity of knowledge: criteria for universalisation

Farooqui, Jamil (2012) Indegeneity of knowledge: criteria for universalisation. Man In India, 92 (3-4). pp. 561-582. ISSN 0025-1569

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Abstract

Knowledge, as a matter of fact, should be universal, applicable, at least, to the most situations but it is seldom possible in case of knowledge about human and social world. It is said that knowledge is, to a great extent, conditioned by existential conditions. This is apparent when the relevance and applicability of social sciences to the rest is considered and evaluated by Third World social scientists. They observe that social sciences as developed in the West are indigenous and not applicable to the rest. Thus, they felt the need of indigenisation: to study social realities within their own socio-cultural context. The epistemological issue here is whether knowledge based on indigenous conditions is relevant to other societies and whether universality in knowledge is possible. The paper suggests that it is possible if we develop knowledge taking into consideration three factors: the identification of Absolute Reality and on that basis the construction of other realities, the linkage between truth and goodness and the balance between individual aspirations and societal needs.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 1545/27590
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM1 Sociology (General and theoretical)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Depositing User: Professor Jamil Farooqui Farooqui
Date Deposited: 11 May 2015 12:14
Last Modified: 11 May 2015 12:14
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/27590

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