Statistics: An Islamic Approach?

An Islamic WorldView

On Thursday, 5th April 2018, I had a extended discussion for over three hours, with students and faculty of business and economics at the Ibn-e-Haldun University in Istanbul, Turkey, which has been launched with a view to re-integrate Islamic teachings into a modern education. I discussed themes covered at length in my lecture AM29 on “Origins of Western Social Sciences” which is 29th lecture in my Advance Micro course. This lecture explains how social sciences arose in the West after the rejection of Christianity, as an attempt to find alternative bases for the study of human beings and societies. The foundations of this approach are anti-thetical to religion, even though this is concealed within a mask of objectivity and rationality, which has deceived Muslims into accepting these sciences on face value. Once we understand these origins, the necessity for creating a radically different approach to social…

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Seeking Interaction in the Focus Group Method

Research Design Review

There is an article that ran in Research Design Review back in 2013 having to do with the interactions that ensue in focus group discussions. Specifically, this article addresses the idea that participants’ interactions have a significant impact on the outcomes of focus group discussions and yet this “facet of the focus group method…is largely ignored in the analysis and reporting of group research.” This article goes on to give an example of a way to think about the interaction effect in the focus group method.

Missing from this article is the question of whether – or the extent to which – interactions even exist in the discussions being analyzed. It seems self-evident that a “discussion” would involve two or more people exchanging ideas and thoughts – that is, an interaction. And yet, one of the most difficult skills to teach in focus group training is how to ignite an…

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The Second Crisis of Knowledge among Muslims

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14 Centuries ago, Islam Created A Revolution in the world. Teachings of Islam catapulted ignorant and backwards Arabs to world leadership. The teachings of Isalm led to the creation of a unique civilization which dominated the world for a thousand years. [shortlink for this post: bit.do/az2nd]

The QUESTION of BURNING IMPORTANCE IS: Are these teachings relevant/valuable today? The answer, given in the ten-minute video, is also presented in the 1000 word summary below:

1000wd summary of Second Crisis of Knowledge:

Do the teachings of Islam have the same power today as they did 1400 years ago?

Unfortunately, Muslims today think that these teaching are NO LONGER relevant. They do not have the same power today to transform our personal lives and world, like they did 1400 years ago. It is indeed true that “Islam came as stranger, and will become a stranger” – the true teachings of…

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Distinguishing Qualitative Research Methods from Paradigm Orientation

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The following is a modified excerpt from Applied Qualitative Research Design: A Total Quality Framework Approach (Roller & Lavrakas, 2015, pp. 17-20).

A good deal has been written about paradigms in qualitative Method from Paradigm Orientationresearch as they relate to assessing quality (Greene, 1994; Lather, 2004; Lincoln & Guba, 1985; Morrow, 2005; Patton, 1978; Ponterotto, 2013; Rolfe, 2006). Some scholars, such as Rolfe (2006), start from the premise that

“any attempt to establish a consensus on quality criteria for qualitative research is unlikely to succeed for the simple reason that there is no unified body or theory [i.e., an accepted paradigm], methodology or method that can collectively be described as qualitative research; indeed, [I believe] that the very idea of qualitative research is open to question” (p. 305, emphasis in original).

Rolfe opines that “if there is no unified qualitative research paradigm, then it makes little sense to attempt to establish a set…

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