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International Symposium on - Sociology and the Question of Indigenization | Qatar University

International Symposium on - Sociology and the Question of Indigenization

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Organizer Office of Vice President for Research | Ibn Khaldon Center for Humanities & Social Sciences
College Qatar University
Event Type Symposium
Date October 26, 2019 - October 26, 2019
Time 08:00 - 17:00
Venue Higher Administration Building - Reception Hall - Building B01

The Western cognitive model forms the basis of human and social knowledge in its current structure. The human and social sciences mostly emanate from the Western cognitive model and discus Western human issues according to the contexts of Western societies. This led to a gap between the theoretical structure of social sciences and the Arab reality, which is logical because the producer's mind differs from the recipient's mind and reality. Sociology is not an exception to this phenomenon; it is also a direct extension of the Western cognitive model foundation and context. For this reason, sociology experts in the Arab world have long advocated the acclimation of sociology by reshaping its theoretical structure to be qualified to ask and answer Arab reality questions, while ensuring the permanence and continuity of the interaction and methodological coherence among the cognitive achievements of all human societies. The purpose of "acclimation" is not a dogmatic ideological bias based on a claim of self-sufficiency, but to reconsider the different societal and cultural contexts to reuse human knowledge in our Arab and Islamic societies. As long as the process of acclimation needs institutional efforts that respect the scientific methodology in dealing with knowledge production, where the evaluation efforts begin through elites of diverse orientations and fields, and with systematic methodology and scientific rigor, the Ibn Khaldoun Center for Humanities and Social Sciences seeks to establish an international symposium that examines the availability of methodological and cognitive possibilities to establish the acclimation of sociology, and the requirements of establishing this possibility. Great efforts have been made by Arab scholars to establish Arab sociology. These efforts focused on two main tracks: one that chose Arabism as the central thrust of the process of acclimation and sought to establish "Arab sociology" while the other track made Islam a central start in the acclimation of sociology; they sought to establish "Islamic sociology". A third track has sought to settle social knowledge without considering the need to add social status, whether Arab or Islamic. Since the values of "diversity" and "objectivity" are of the values governing the work of Ibn Khaldoun Center, it is worth to highlight all these tracks with a focus on the two main experiments objectively without ideological bias to any of them. This is done by examining their outputs and mechanisms and methodological obstacles faced every path that might challenge the legitimacy of the originality of the same idea. Finally, we note that this symposium comes in the context of the project of "Renewal of Social and Human Sciences" adopted by the Ibn Khaldoun Center. It is the first of its symposiums, on which scientific seminars will be based on the same subject.