Baali, Fuad Books
Fuad G. Baali, a naturalized American, was born in Baghdad, Iraq. He holds a B.A. degree in philosophy from the University of Baghdad, a M.A. degree in sociology and anthropology from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. degree in sociology from Louisiana State University. He has taught at the Middle Tennessee State University, University of Baghdad, University of Florida, American University of Beirut, and Kuwait University. Currently he is Professor Emeritus at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Baali has published several books, some of which were printed by the University of Florida Press, Rand McNally, Appleton-Century- Crofts, Prentice Hall, G. K. Hall, State University of New York Press, and University Press of America.2005 0-7734-6279-1
This book deals with Ibn Khaldun’s ilm al-umran (science of social organization) which seems to generate different and conflicting views. To investigate the reason(s) behind such wide disagreements, this study examined some 300 written works that dealt briefly or extensively with Ibn Khaldun’s ideas. The study found that many of these sources asserted that Ibn Khaldun’s ilm al-umran enabled him to become the forerunner of one or more of the social sciences. However little has been mentioned about the nature of this science.
Thus, the purpose of this study is to present the different views as to why and how the Arab-Muslim Ibn Khaldun is given the credit of being the “first”, “the father”, and “the one” who laid down the foundation of social sciences. This study concludes that the prime reason for this unsettled issue is the different interpretations of the subject matter of al-umran. To enhance our conclusion, Ibn Khaldun’s major ideas are presented in some detail. Moreover, for the first time, this study applies the rigorous criteria of modern science to Ibn Khaldun’s ilm (science). This leads us to the next step, examination and verification of the claims that Ibn Khaldun’s main ideas anticipated some modern social thought. This study emphasizes the fact that Ibn Khaldun belongs to the fourteenth century; and, hence, some of his generalizations are not applicable today. However, this should not prevent one from selecting those segments of his work that currently appear relevant and that can be compared with “modern” thought. In this case, neither are Ibn Khaldun’s ideas exaggerated nor are modern writings belittled.2008 0-7734-5120-X
This book illustrates the social structure of Iraqi society and the development of the national personality by dealing mainly with the great influence of Bedouin values upon the behavior and conduct of the sedentary population over the centuries and in the present. This book contains one black and white map.