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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As a result, the Arab and Muslim world is still suffering from economic, technological and cultural retardation. 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. 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.

From one of his works, Les Conditions de la Renaissancehe defined culture as the mode of being and becoming of mzlek people. This is followed by two appendices containing: This article needs additional citations for verification.

Malek Bennabi – Wikipedia

Fidaa Masri, fidamasri4 gmail. Every effort co,onisabilit get rid of “al-Takhalluf” was frustrated colinisabilit to the fact that, rather than being directed to an analysis of the problem, bdnnabi efforts usually focused on the symptoms and consequences. Enriching the society is part of dynamism in Islam.

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 colonisabiilit provides a realistic perspective based on a more comprehensive methodology. Ideas, as a whole, form an important part of the means of development in a given society.

Modern society had left this man hollow due to a stultifying lack of aspiration. As a result of this inferiority, Muslims ascribed this distance to the field of objects.


Malek Bennabi wrote more than 25 books, all his works were written between The Quranic Phenomenon and However, the twentieth century introduced a new development in which ideas were held in high esteem as national and international values. This thesis is intended to discuss Malek Bennabi’s singular ideas on “al- Takhalluf”, development and social transformation. July Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Muslim countries mzlek societies were largely imperialized by the West. This page was last edited on 2 Decemberat Retrieved from ” https: This spurred him to reflect on the question of culture in the early nineteenth century. Chapter Two is an elaborate account of Malek Bennabi’s ideas on “al-Takhalluf” retardationdevelopment and social change in the Arab and Muslim world, and his analysis of the causes rather than symptoms of social and economic retardation as outlined in his nineteen books.

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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Man, soil raw material and time. It will also discuss the intellectual elements that have influenced his thoughts and are reflected in his works.

The study comprises an introduction, three chapters and the conclusion. According to Malek Bennabi, the lack of new ideas in Islamic thought emerged what he coined civilizational bankruptcy.

A prominent Algerian thinker.

Malek Bennabi and his modern Islamic thought

If one of those stages corresponds to what is called “renaissance”, it will mean that society at that stage is malke a wonderful system colonisabulit ideas; a system that can provide a suitable solution to each of the vital problems in that particular society. This included aesthetic, ethical, pragmatic, and technical values. Muslims living in an underdeveloped country often felt that they were inferior to people living in a developed country. He later criticised the Muslim society for frequently falling into an apologetic state.


This development has not been strongly felt in many underdeveloped countries, for their inferiority complex created a warped infatuation with the criteria of power that was based on material things. The various stages of development in such a society are indeed different forms of its intellectual developments.

His approach was simple, not parroting what had been discovered before his time, but rather, searching for what constitutes the essence of culture and the birth of civilization.

Bennabi was born in Constantine, Algeria in Subjects outside of the University Themes. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. On the social level, it would lead to what we have elsewhere called takdis heaping-up.

Malek Bennabi

However, the issue of development continued as a major preoccupation of a large section of Arab and Muslim intellectuals. The importance of this article lies in the fact that through dissection of this crisis, Bennabi uncovered the real reasons and factors that caused it and their repercussions. The birth of new ideas led to a dynamic colonjsabilit furthering the movement of vibrancy of a new civilization.

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.