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International Journal of Computational Bioinformatics and In Silico Modeling
2014: Volume-3 Issue-1
ISSN: 2320-0634

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International Journal of Computational Bioinformatics and In Silico Modeling 3(1) 2014: 321-326

Analogical reasoning roots in Ibn al-Haytham's scientific method of research


Sobhi Rayan*

Education department, Al-Qasemi Academic College, P.O.B. 124, Baka El-Garbiah 30100, Israel

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This paper deals with the way that Ibn al-Haytham used qiyas (inference and induction by analogy) as an experimental research method in the natural sciences. The paper introduces and analyzes the tools of the analogical method of research, the extent of their application to natural phenomena and discusses an example, taken from the history of the natural sciences that involve analogical qiyas methodology: Ibn al-Haytham's method of research in optics. Qiyas was known in Islamic culture as a method of research in the religious juristic sciences, but it was used also in the natural sciences. This movement in itself can be considered an important turn in the history of science, as it constituted a change of the method of research in these sciences, from deduction, which had been prevalent for centuries, to qiyas (type of analogical reasoning). The application of this novel method of research in natural sciences at that time contributed a lot to the development of the modern sciences.


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Citation: Sobhi Rayan. (2014). Analogical reasoning roots in Ibn al-Haytham's scientific method of research. Int J Comput Bioinfo In Silico Model 3(1): 321-326

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