Civilization in Ibn Khaldun’s “The Muqaddimah”


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Theology 123
10 December 2009
Civilization in Ibn Khaldun's "The Muqaddimah"
In The Muqaddimah, Ibn Khaldun defined civilization in the scope of the requisite social organization designated by God. Khaldun argued that “Without it, the existence of human beings would be incomplete" (Khaldun 46). This organic view of civilization by Khaldun bridged Quranic interpretation into the field of the social sciences. Indeed, Khaldun held a perspective of civilization which would have likely piqued the interest of Herbert Spencer.
However, Khaldun did not rest on social organization as being such a lofty concept that it rendered civilization to be without major faults. In fact, the...
The end: attempts to proliferate in Europe. Their efforts of course reached a zenith during history and this epitome of the Islamic empire was also a time which was heralded by great thinkers such Khaldun. Thus, while on the surface it may seem at times that his perspectives were detracting from the scope of Islam, perhaps his ultimate views were truly based on a deep belief that Islam was destined to be anywhere and it accounted for this comprehensive, organic view of civilization. Khaldun thus was an expansive thinker who was able to bridge Islamic thought in manifold ways.
Works Cited
Khaldun, Ibn and Frank Rosenthal The Muqaddimah: An
Introduction to History. Trans. Frank Rosenthal and N.J.
Dawood. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989.