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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Therefore, the Arabs and other Muslim countries, especially those that did not possess a great deal of material power, should give more weight to the issue of ideas. For a long time, Arab and Muslim writers and intellectuals have not been able to agree on clearly defined causes of “al-Takhalluf” social, cultural and economic retardation bennab their societies.

In colonisabiliit, Bennabi again pointed out, “after Egypt ‘s humiliation in the Six-days war in Juneit is the ummah’ s global Muslim community understanding and worldview, its stock of ideas rather than of arms and ammunition’s, that needs to be renewed. 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.

This article needs additional citations for verification. The conclusion sums up Malek Bennabi’s ideas on “al-Takhalluf” and social change.

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. In another book, The Question of Culturehe said, the organisation of society, its life and movement, indeed, its deterioration and stagnation, all possessed a functional relation with the system of ideas found in that society.

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, it calls for embracing his ideas and rendering them alive. Muslims tended to dig up past treasures instead of seeking to progress with new ones.

Muslims living in an underdeveloped country often felt that they were inferior to people living in a developed country. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Malek Bennabi and his modern Islamic thought. Learn how and when to remove these template messages.


Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. Ideas, as a whole, form an important part of the means of development in a given society.

From one of his works, Les Conditions de la Renaissancehe defined culture as the mode of being and becoming of a people. Muslim countries and societies were largely imperialized by the West. One group attributed it to ignorance and illiteracy, while another lay the blame on the lack of technological know-how or colonialism etc. Yet, due to Mr. Retrieved 30 September This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations.

Malek Bennabi

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Colonisation of minds has driven Muslims towards a state of moral and psychological decay.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Malek Bennabi wrote more than 25 books, all his works were written between The Quranic Phenomenon and Every effort to get rid of “al-Takhalluf” was frustrated due to the benanbi that, rather than being directed to an analysis of the problem, such efforts usually focused on the symptoms and consequences. Compared to other Arab and Muslim writers and intellectuals who have dealt with the subject and achieved a consensus bwnnabi its vitality, Malek Bennabi’s thought singularly provides a realistic perspective based on a more comprehensive methodology.

As a result, the Arab and Muslim world is still suffering from economic, colonosabilit and cultural retardation. To turn this feeling into an effective driving-force, Muslims needed to ascribe their backwardness to the level of ideas, not to that of “objects”, for the development of the new world depended increasingly on ideas and other such intellectual criteria.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. 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.

In order to satisfy his spiritual and material needs, a Muslim needed to feel that his industry and creativity would find reward. The various stages of development in such a society are indeed different forms of its intellectual developments.

Malek Bennabi – Wikipedia

The essence of the disintegration of the Colonisabillt civilization is of humanitarian nature that lies in the change of the individual. He later criticised the Muslim society for frequently falling into an apologetic state. Thus, their inferiority complex, based on social efficacy, would lead only to pessimism on the psychological level. As a result of this inferiority, Muslims ascribed this distance to the field of objects.


If one of those stages corresponds to what is called “renaissance”, it will mean that society at that stage is enjoying a wonderful system of ideas; a system that can provide a suitable solution to each of the vital problems in that benjabi society.

Chapter Three is an assessment of Malek Bennabi’s ideas on “al-Takhalluf” retardationdevelopment and maoek change in comparison to theories formulated by other experts in the field.

Malek Bennabi and his modern Islamic thought

Please help to improve this article by introducing more coolonisabilit citations. This spurred him to reflect on the question of culture in the early nineteenth century.

Man, soil raw material and time. This page was last edited on 2 Decemberat He said that Muslims today were in a state of disarray.

Bennabi was born in Bfnnabi, Algeria in Malek Bennabi is ranked among the very few who have profoundly and systematically contributed to the debate concerning the issue of development. Downloads Downloads per month over past year. However, the twentieth century introduced a new development in which ideas were held in high esteem as maldk and international values. Inafter returning to Algeriahe witnessed modern scientific inventions and technological creations unfold before his eyes.

Hay Shaffay: Malik Bennabi (): On Ideas and Civilisation

If that system were to change in one way or another, all other social characteristics would follow suit and adapt in the same direction. Malek Bennabi — Arabic: In his book, Bases of Civilization, Malek Bennabi put his theory of social change. It also includes recommendations towards a greater consideration of his work in order to reveal its more substantial aspects.

Abstract This article examines the ideas of Malek Bennabi as revealed in his collection “Problems of Civilization”, in which he argued that Algeria as well as the whole Islamic World suffers, in effect, from a civilizational crisis that ensue all aspects of backwardness.