In the inaugural episode of my newly dedicated humanities podcast, Literary Tales, we take a look at the Epic of Gilgamesh as containing the traces of human consciousness in its primordial struggle and movement to civilization. Listen to it here: The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Struggle for Civilization.
Ibn Khaldun was a son of modest aristocratic family that, through merit, had risen to prominent positions within the Hasfid Dynasty in Tunisia. His actual family roots go further back into Islamic Spain but, as the Reconquista gained steamed his family left for North Africa and this set Ibn Khaldun off on a travelling adventure … Continue reading Ibn Khaldun: Geopolitics, Geo-Dialectics, and Environmental Conditioning
One of the major concepts that Ibn Khaldun discusses in his great work Al Muqaddimah, 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 … Continue reading Ibn Khaldun: Asabiyyah (Group Feeling)
Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah is the “introduction” to his seven-volume history of the Arab and Berber people, and history of the world (up to his time and from what he knew of the world via sources and travelling). The Kitab Al-‘Ibar is the full text name, but it is his lengthy introduction (the Muqaddimah) that is … Continue reading The Tragedy of Civilization: Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah