The Socio-Intellectual Foundations of Malek Bennabi’s Approach to Civilization

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International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), 08‏/03‏/2013 - 299 من الصفحات

 Since the publication of Samuel Huntington’s “The Clash of

Civilizations” concern about civilization has been reintroduced

into the debate on the world order. Malek Bennabi (1905–1973),

prominent Algerian thinker and great Muslim intellectual, intently

focused on unravelling the causes of Muslim decline and the success of

Western civilization and culture. The key problem he theorized lay not

in the Qur’an or Islamic faith but in Muslims themselves. The author

investigates Bennabi’s approach to civilization and the fundamental

principles drawn, using metatheorizing methodology. In doing so he

sheds further light on perhaps one of the more intriguing elements of

Bennabi’s theory, that civilization is governed by internal-external and

social-intellectual factors and that an equation can be generated for

civilization itself. This equation of Man+Soil+Time = Civilization and of

which religion, according to Bennabi, forms the all-important catalyst,

is explained and its significance in terms of the reversal of Muslim

decline evaluated. What is clearly apparent is that for Bennabi, Man is

the central force in any civilizing process and without him the other

two elements are of no value.

With regard to outcomes, Bennabi’s unerring conviction that unless

Muslims changed their spiritual condition they could not effect any

far-reaching, meaningful change in society is echoed in the Qur’anic

verse: “Verily, never will Allah change the condition of a people until

they change what is in themselves” (13:11).

 

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chapter
1
chapter
8
Approaches to Civilization
16
chapter
32
The Elements of Civilization
40
chapter
66
The Concept of the Three Stages of Society
77
The Concept of the Three Ages of Society
85
The Decolonization Process
159
chapter
173
The Paradigm of the Social Sciences
198
Conclusion
207
The Impact of Reformist Thought in the Muslim
215
The Influence of Psychology on Bennabis Approach
221
The Influence of Philosophy on Bennabis Approach
231
The Influence of the Natural Sciences on Bennabis Approach
238

Conclusion
97
chapter
99
Intellectual Pursuits
122
Conclusion
136
conclusion
243
Notes
259
Bibliography
287
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 Badrane Benlahcene is Associate Professor of civilization studies and

philosophy of history, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Islamic and

Social Sciences and Humanities, Batna University, Algeria. He is an expert

on the work of Bennabi having published articles in a number of journals

and presented papers on Bennabi and civilization studies at conferences

in Algeria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

website: http://drbadrane.com

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