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Parallels between contemporary western and Islamic thought on the discourse of power and knowledge

Mohd Yusof, Danial (2012) Parallels between contemporary western and Islamic thought on the discourse of power and knowledge. Cultura. International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology, 9 (1). pp. 7-28. ISSN 2065-5002 (O), 1584-1057 (P)

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This paper examines parallels between contemporary Western and Islamic thought. It will propose that there is congruence between Western and Muslim political thought processes on issues of soft-foundationalism, negative theology, provisional truth claims and religious democracy, in order to offset hegemonic tendencies. This will be illustrated by a concise juxtaposition of the ideas of Davutoglu, Winkel, Sardar, Tariq Ali, Derrida, Foucault, Abdolkarim Soroush, Mohammed Arkoun and others. In the social sciences, namely political science, the neutralization of ideology is also supported in relation to the concern of ideological encroachments into the discipline by William E. Connolly, that echoes Karl Mannheim’s sociology of knowledge. This paper concludes that similar concerns on the relationship between power and knowledge in contemporary Western and Islamic political thought processes are beneficial to the study of Islam and its transformation as a social and political phenomenon.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3052/32338
Uncontrolled Keywords: foundationalism, deconstruction, negative theology, political thought, sociology of knowledge, hegemony, Islamic human sciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Political Science
Depositing User: Dr Danial Mohd Yusof
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2013 11:40
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2013 11:40
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/32338

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