A Critical Analysis of Auguste Comte's Positivism for Islamic Digital Research

Keywords: Auguste Comte; Positivism; New Media; Islamic Digital Research


Auguste Comte's Positivism, a philosophical paradigm that originated in the early 19th century, has been widely discussed and debated among scholars in various fields. In recent years, this issue has gained increasing attention in the context of Islamic digital research. This paper aims to critically analyze Comte's Positivism and its impact on Islamic digital research. In Islamic digital research, Positivism has been criticized for its lack of cultural and historical context and its disregard for the role of ethics and values. This article illustrates how positivism's emphasis on empirical observation and data is compatible with the Islamic digital research paradigm. Given the vast data generated by digital technologies, the scientific method provides a convincing foundation for comprehending complicated phenomena in the digital world. Findings indicate that applying positivism as a research paradigm in digital research is beneficial. However, digital researchers are advised to be cautious of the weaknesses of the paradigm they would adopt for a study.


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Author Biography

Mahmud Yunus Mustofa, Walisongo Islamic State University

Mahmud Yunus Mustofa is a Ph.D. student at Walisongo State Islamic University and a recipient of the Indonesian Educational Endowment Fund (LPDP) 2019. His research focuses on the sociological and anthropological of Indonesian Islamic education (especially in pesantren) to understand interdisciplinary issues related to religious education and technology in Indonesian schools. He is also a co-founder of the Sinau Desain Community and a member of the Griya Peradaban Community. He has written several journal articles: Fikih Pesisir Jawa Abad Ke-19: Risalah Kitab Belut Dan Kitab Bulus Sebagai Counter Discourse Fikih Haramain (Muktamar Santri Nusantara, 2018), Thinking about Coffe, Santri, and Pesantren; Between Literacy Tradition and Economic Development (2020); Youths and the Dynamics of Mainstreaming Religious Moderation in Semarang (ICON ISHIC-2021); The Future Direction on Pesantren's Research: A Bibliometric Analysis (2022); Building Ta’awun and Tasamuh Capability in the Classroom; an Ethnography Research on Inclusive Madrasa in Indonesia (SWUICCE, 2022).


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How to Cite
Mustofa, M., Nadhifah, N., Djamil, A., & Irsyad, M. (2023). A Critical Analysis of Auguste Comte’s Positivism for Islamic Digital Research. Islamic Review: Jurnal Riset Dan Kajian Keislaman, 12(1), 1-18. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.35878/islamicreview.v12i1.681