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نویسنده [English]چکیده [English]
A historical review of the literature on indigenous knowledge indicates a gradual broadening of this field, starting from technical indigenous knowledge onto the cultural and social values and practices of local communities. This could be in part attributed to the increasing awareness of social scientists of the socio-cultural roots of today's environmental and other development - related problems. Of course, the research and application of the local technical know-how and the socio-cultural indigenous knowledge will continue for a long time to come, but the latter holds the promise of having profound impacts on modern education, epistemology and development of new human settlements. Hence, an increasing number of social scientists believe that these impacts will no doubt bring about a global mind change. This global change in perspective will surely include a new approach to science that is more holistic and inclusive.