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Abstract: This article examines Malek Bennabi’s concept of civilisation interdisciplinary approach; culture; Muslim countries; colonisability;. This article aims, also, to highlight some basic ideas of Bennabi such as colonialism and colonisability, the ideological conflict, and the role of religion; besides. Malek Bennabi is ranked among the very few who have profoundly and systematically contributed to the debate concerning the issue of.

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Muslims tended to dig up past treasures instead of seeking to progress with new ones. This was truly not a failure of Islam, but because Muslims and those in governance abandoned the true understanding of what Islamic values connoted.

Malek Bennabi wrote more than 25 books, all his works were written between The Quranic Phenomenon and The conclusion sums up Malek Bennabi’s ideas on “al-Takhalluf” and social change. However, the twentieth century introduced a new development in which ideas were held in high esteem as national and international values. This is followed by two appendices containing: Although looking back to what had been achieved in the Golden Age of Islam is still relevant, what is more important is to be able to appreciate the political values and culture of models and systems implemented by past prophets, re-interpret and apply these to our contemporary society.

In another book, The Question of Culturehe said, the organisation of society, its life and movement, indeed, its deterioration and stagnation, all possessed a functional relation with the system of ideas found in that society. Staff Students Library Press. Educated in Paris and Algiers in engineering, he later based himself in Cairowhere he spent much of his time working extensively in the fields of history, philosophy and sociology.


Muslim countries and societies were largely imperialized by the West. Fidaa Masri, fidamasri4 gmail. This article, thereby, is an attempt to spot the light on what Bennabi asserted is the initial necessary step to get out from the civilizational crisis, which is to accurately expound the right questions that lie at the heart of it. The birth of new ideas led to a dynamic society furthering the movement of vibrancy of a new civilization.

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Malek Bennabi and his modern Islamic thought

He argues that we can split any given civilization into three basic elements: To turn this feeling into an effective driving-force, Muslims needed to ascribe their backwardness to the level of ideas, not to that of “objects”, for the development of the new world depended increasingly on ideas and other such intellectual criteria. X whom he calls the imperialist enemies, many of his works are ceased from being published, some were lost or censored.

As a result of this inferiority, Muslims ascribed this distance to the field of objects. This page was last edited on 2 Decemberat Compared to other Arab and Muslim writers and intellectuals who have dealt with the subject and achieved a consensus on its vitality, Malek Bennabi’s thought singularly provides a realistic perspective based on a more comprehensive methodology.

In the discourse of this thesis, Malek Bennabi’s ideas will be compared to those expressed by geographers, economists, sociologists, and management scientists as well as to those specifically advocated by Arab and Muslim intellectuals, with a view to delineate the comprehensiveness of Malek Bennabi’s approach vis-a-vis his predecessors and contemporaries. He added that ideas influence the life of a given society in two different ways; either they are factors of growth of social life, or on the contrary, the role of factors of contagion, thus rendering social growth rather difficult or even impossible.


Thus, their inferiority complex, based on social efficacy, would lead only to pessimism on the psychological level.

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From one of his works, Les Conditions de la Renaissancehe defined culture as the mode of being and becoming of a people. Chapter One deals with the atmosphere prevailing in Malek Bennabi’s country of origin and his own intellectual, cultural and educational itinerary both in Algeria and in France. A prominent Algerian thinker.

Hay Shaffay: Malik Bennabi (): On Ideas and Civilisation

Modern society had left this man hollow due to a stultifying lack of aspiration. Malek Bennabi — Arabic: The importance of colonisabiliit article lies in the fact that through dissection of this crisis, Bennabi uncovered the real reasons and factors that caused it and their repercussions.

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Enriching colpnisabilit society is part of dynamism in Islam. For a long time, Arab and Muslim writers and intellectuals have not been able to agree on clearly defined causes of “al-Takhalluf” social, cultural and economic retardation in their societies. Muslims living in an underdeveloped country often felt that they were inferior to people living in a developed country.

Malek Bennabi

His primary focus was on the term he coined called ‘Post-Almohad Men’. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. Downloads Downloads per month over past year. This included aesthetic, ethical, pragmatic, and technical values.