Contextualizing Research Approaches: The Role of Western and Islamic Philosophies in Shaping Methodology and Knowledge Creation
Keywords:Western Research Philosophy, Islamic Research Philosophy, Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions, Methodological Integration, Holistic Research Approach
This paper presents a comparative analysis of Western and Islamic research philosophies and methodologies, exploring how each tradition conceptualizes and approaches the creation of knowledge. The key objective is to understand the strengths and limitations of these perspectives and to propose a framework for their integration in various research contexts. Employing a comprehensive literature review approach, the paper systematically examines existing scholarly work to delineate the philosophical underpinnings and methodological practices of both traditions. The findings reveal that while Western research emphasizes empirical and objective methods, Islamic research integrates these with ethical and spiritual dimensions, offering a more holistic approach. The study contributes to the field by highlighting the importance of integrating diverse research methodologies, enhancing inclusivity, and ethical depth in research practices, and proposes practical recommendations for adopting these integrated methodologies in diverse contexts. This comparative analysis underscores the value of embracing methodological diversity, paving the way for more inclusive and culturally sensitive research practices in the global research community.
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