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Debates on Civilization in the Muslim WorldCritical Perspectives on Islam and Modernity$
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Lutfi Sunar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199466887

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466887.001.0001

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The Question of Ages in Islamic Civilization

The Question of Ages in Islamic Civilization

A Different Periodization

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Debates on Civilization in the Muslim World

Mustafa Demirci

Oxford University Press

As Spengler emphasizes, history is the ordered presentation of the past and the investigation of this presentation, which turns into a necessary condition on which everything is constructed. Every civilization has its own phases of development, historical paths, different rhythms, and civilization type depending on its specific internal dynamics and interactions it has come face-to-face with. Therefore, they have their own different series of cultures, values, and typology which reflect their character types. This chapter starts with the reality that every civilization has its own historical adventure and it is absolutely necessary for every civilization to use its own perception of time. It is also emphasized that Islamic civilization is in need of a healthy perception of time that systematically reflects its own historical experiences so that it may be made sense of. In order to remove this deficiency, this text’s goal is to present a new draft that compares the classifications which have been used to relate the time periods of Islamic civilization up until today.

Keywords:   history, time, periodization, civilization, historical process

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