Group Feeling and Intimacy in Ibn Khaldun

One of the major concepts that Ibn Khaldun discusses, besides the role of environment and geography upon people and shaping the human condition, is the notion of group feeling and its role in history, the formation of societies, and how this too is shaped by the environment.  One could say that Ibn Khaldun is the … Continue reading Group Feeling and Intimacy in Ibn Khaldun

Reading Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah, Part VIII

We turn now through a marathon reduction of the rest of Chapter III in this reading of the Muqaddimah.  Why you ask, am I condensing remarks 19-52 into one post when I have spent so much time parsing out longer commentaries and explanations from the previous chapters and remarks?  Partially because the rest of Chapter … Continue reading Reading Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah, Part VIII

Reading Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah, Part VII

In continuing our reading and examination of Ibn Khaldun, we pivot in Chapter III to a crucial section of remarks concerning the nature of the life stages of sedentary civilization.  Rather than explore each remark alone, just as I did for Part IV I am going to examining these sections (remarks 13-18 in the Rosenthal … Continue reading Reading Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah, Part VII

Geography and Environment in Ibn Khaldun

Taking a pause from our remark by remark reading of Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah, it is time that we take a closer examination of a running theme that unites the entire work: geopolitical philosophy.  Geopolitical philosophy is the sub-discipline within philosophy and political theory that examines the role of the environment (or geography) and its impact … Continue reading Geography and Environment in Ibn Khaldun

Reading Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah, Part VI

One of the recurrent themes in Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah is how human civilization follows nature life cycle patterns.  This leads a cyclical view of history that is both tragic and filled with tragedy, irony, and one in which death is inescapable.  In our sixth post reviewing the content of The Muqaddimah, we now turn to … Continue reading Reading Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah, Part VI