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Syed Farid Alatas

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198090458

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198090458.001.0001

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Ibn Khaldun on Education and Knowledge

Ibn Khaldun on Education and Knowledge

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Ibn Khaldun

Syed Farid Alatas

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 discusses Ibn Khaldun’s thoughts on education and knowledge. The classification of knowledge in the classical Islamic tradition functioned as a guide to the range of sciences in existence at the time and the relationship between them. There was, therefore, a pedagogical dimension to the classification of sciences. Ibn Khaldun’s own classification, his distinction between the intellectual and transmitted sciences, and the strength and weaknesses of his scheme, are discussed. So too are his views on learning capacity, memorization, curriculum, strict teachers, and the breadth and depth of education. He was a keen observer of the relationship between education and society and saw education as having multiple objectives.

Keywords:   Ibn Khaldun, education, teaching, learning, pedagogy, classification of knowledge, intellectual sciences, transmitted sciences

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