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Préalables épistémologiques à une sociologie religieuse de l'Islam / Epistemological Preliminaries to a Religions Sociology of Islam - article ; n°1 ; vol.37, pg 79-86

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Archives des sciences sociales des religions - Année 1974 - Volume 37 - Numéro 1 - Pages 79-86
Islam, geographically located between the industrial Christian societies and the great religions of the Far East, has given rise to many juridical, theological, or mystical studies, but few that can be qualified strictly speaking as religions sociology studies. The effective initiation of such studies calls for certain epistemological clarifications. At the outset the sociographical collecting of data must be modelled on the ontological constructions of Islam. There follows from this the necessity of providing for explanatory systems in an intermediary position between the way in which Islam presents itself intellectually and the underlying structures which vary according to the milieu and the moment and which orient the experienced religions phenomena. Another purpose of these intermediary systems is to check, as far as is possible, the conceptual ethnocentrisms which tend to interpret reality in terms of a predetermined ideology. All research into this subject then must first go through a criticism and at times a new formulation of the methods of religions sociology in terms of the interrogation possibilities offered by the Moslem societies. Moreover, it is highly probable that similar ways of stating the problems are imperative in the study of the other religions. They alone will allow progress to be mode towards an eventual theory of the religions phenomenon.
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Jean-Paul Charnay
Préalables épistémologiques à une sociologie religieuse de
l'Islam / Epistemological Preliminaries to a Religions Sociology
of Islam
In: Archives des sciences sociales des religions. N. 37, 1974. pp. 79-86.
Abstract
Islam, geographically located between the industrial Christian societies and the great religions of the Far East, has given rise to
many juridical, theological, or mystical studies, but few that can be qualified strictly speaking as religions sociology studies. The
effective initiation of such studies calls for certain epistemological clarifications. At the outset the sociographical collecting of data
must be modelled on the ontological constructions of Islam. There follows from this the necessity of providing for explanatory
systems in an intermediary position between the way in which Islam presents itself intellectually and the underlying structures
which vary according to the milieu and the moment and which orient the experienced religions phenomena. Another purpose of
these intermediary systems is to check, as far as is possible, the conceptual ethnocentrisms which tend to interpret reality in
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formulation of the methods of religions sociology in terms of the interrogation possibilities offered by the Moslem societies.
Moreover, it is highly probable that similar ways of stating the problems are imperative in the study of the other religions. They
alone will allow progress to be mode towards an eventual theory of the religions phenomenon.
Citer ce document / Cite this document :
Charnay Jean-Paul. Préalables épistémologiques à une sociologie religieuse de l'Islam / Epistemological Preliminaries to a
Religions Sociology of Islam. In: Archives des sciences sociales des religions. N. 37, 1974. pp. 79-86.
doi : 10.3406/assr.1974.1904
http://www.persee.fr/web/revues/home/prescript/article/assr_0335-5985_1974_num_37_1_1904