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The inductive research method in early Islamic tradition based on Ibn Tufayl’s Work - Hayy Ibn Yaqzan

Hashim, Rosnani and Qadous, Allam I.H.. (2014) The inductive research method in early Islamic tradition based on Ibn Tufayl’s Work - Hayy Ibn Yaqzan. Revelation and Science, 4 (2). pp. 41-47. ISSN 2229-9947

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Abstract

The inductive method of research has played a significant role in scientific progress throughout history. It has been proclaimed in the history of science texts that the inductive research method was first introduced by Francis Bacon (1561-1626), a western scholar. However, there are ample evidences to show that this method was earlier developed and applied by Muslim scholars about 500 years before him. For instance, Ibn-Tufayl (1100-1185), a Muslim scholar and philosopher referred to the components of the inductive research method in his well-known novel, Hayy Ibn Yaqzan (literally, Alive son of Awake). The current paper aims to explore the features of the inductive research method mooted in the aforesaid novel. The analysis showed that Muslim scientists were aware of the features of the inductive research method, and its application was evident in their works as the case demonstrated by Ibn Tufayl. Keywords: Inductive research method, Ibn Tufayl, Hayy Ibn Yaqzan, epistemology

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 593/42317
Uncontrolled Keywords: inductive research method, Ibn Tufayl, Hayy Ibn Yaqzan, epistemology
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Education
Depositing User: Professor Rosnani Hashim
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2015 11:13
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2015 11:13
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/42317

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