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The Source of Value and Capital Formation: Ibn Khaldun, Ricardo, and Marx -- a Comparison PDF Print E-mail
Published by Abdul Ghani   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 15:00

Zubair Hasan* and Nurhafiza Abdul Kader.Malim**

Introduction

The Muqaddimah of Ibn Khaldun (1332 – 1406), a celebrated Muslim scholar and historian of the fourteenth century, is a comprehensive treatise couched in a holistic Islamic mold in three volumes. It became better known to the Western world with the publication of its translation in the English language after the middle of the last century. We shall refer to the work hereafter as Introduction.

Exclusive writings on the contribution of Ibn Khaldun to economic ideas are not many; references to him even in the writings on Islamic economics are rare and far between albeit one finds precise positions and candid explanations in the Introduction regarding resource scarcity, agents of production, division of labor, demand and supply, markets, competition, price formation, monopoly, trade, commerce and transportation, costs and profits, capital accumulation and so on. Indeed, at some places, he provides explanations pre-presenting modern concepts.

 
THE ROLE OF THE INDIVIDUAL IN SOCIETAL DEVELOPMENT PDF Print E-mail
Published by Maularna   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 15:41

I do not write books, but I write individuals.' This particular quote from Hasan al-Banna emphasizes the importance of individuals in community development, because as we know, Hasan al-Banna, Abul A'la al-Maududi, and the scholars who were with them in the same time period, all were looking to develop the community after the shock of not having a Khalifa after more than a thousand years being led by one Khalifa or another. Even Western philosophers like Susan Neiman and Phil Zuckerman agrees that the individual is integral in any given society, without the individual, the society will cease to exist as a whole. Therefore, when the individual in the society is adequate to help in the development of the community, the community will develop. In whatever system, from Karl Marx's Communism to the more popular Capitalism, the role of the individual is ever present, and ever important, even though it is understandable to overlook the role of the individual in a communal system like Communism where the state is given emphasis. This particular reasoning that the individual is an integral part of any society is true throughout the animal kingdom, the environment, in machines and for humans as well, or if you are with Darwin in the case of humans being part of the animal kingdom, this particular reasoning still applies. We as a society must realize and recognize that there are problems with the common individual in society. Therefore, we must strive to solve the problems that are.

 
Can the psychotherapy of Muslim patients be of real help to them without being Islamized? PDF Print E-mail
Published by Abdul Razak Ricardo   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 15:50
By: Malik B. Badri
The impossible task of precisely defining psychotherapy

Though psychotherapy is as old as human existence, as a modern profession it has only evolved over the last 100 years. Because of the conflicting theories and paradigms behind the specific techniques used by different perspectives, psychotherapy cannot be precisely defined.
There are those who, like a horse with tight eye-blinders, can only view psychotherapy through the tunnel vision of their particular school, and those who open the doors of psychotherapy to include almost all forms of treatment and goodwill towards the patient. An example of the first group is clearly seen in the definitions offered by psychoanalysts who consider any form of psychological treatment that does not deal with resolving the alleged unconscious complexes as a waste of time and effort. The second group is presented by psychiatrists like English and Finch (1954) who define psychotherapy as, "...almost any method utilized to alleviate or remove the results of emotional conflict and improve psychic adjustment".
 
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