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Asabiyyah, religion and regime types: re-reading Ibn Khaldun

Ra'ees, Wahabuddin (2004) Asabiyyah, religion and regime types: re-reading Ibn Khaldun. Intellectual Discourse, 12 (2). pp. 159-180. ISSN 0128-4878

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Ibn Khaldūn found a “causal determinative analytical tool” to explain development, progression and disintegration of ‘umrān (lit. culture). He argued that ‘umrān comes into existence as a result of five types of causes: (1) the “ultimate or first cause,” (2) final cause, (3) efficient cause, (4) formal cause, and (5) material cause. However, in Ibn Khaldūn’s scheme of analysis, the efficient cause of ‘umrān and political institutions consists of two factors: (1) ‘aṣabiyyah and (2) religion. Ibn Khaldūn believed that a meaningful investigation of the relationship between religion, ‘aṣabiyyah and ‘umrān is possible if investigation is narrowed down to the study of human nature. Hence, according to Ibn Khaldūn, what is true of human nature is also true of ‘umrān. Stated differently, the rules applicable to human nature are applicable to ‘umrān and political institutions.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2244/62862
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aṣabiyyah, Religion, Ibn Khaldun
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
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: Prof. Dr. Wahabuddin Ra'ees
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2018 11:06
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2018 08:19
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/62862

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