Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | January 1, 2009

Weekly Read-Along—January 2, 2009: Muqaddimah

Material for the Stout-Hearted Reader to Ruminate

♦ Essays, Lectures & Speeches ♦

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Ibn Khaldun (1332 – 1406) was an Islamic scholar from what is today Tunisia.  His scholarship anticipated the development of the social sciences by centuries, including:  demography, economics, philosophy of history and sociology.  His most famous work is Muqaddimah (1377), which is an attempt to present a universal history of mankind.   In this book’s Sixth Prefatory Discussion of Chapter I, Ibn Khaldun described a concept amazingly similar to the modern biological theory of evolution. 


This week’s text is the “Second Prefatory Discussion of Chapter I” of Muqaddimah.  It describes the earth’s physical geography and discusses the parts of the earth where civilization is found (and remember, it is from the perspective of a man writing in the 14th Century).           


Join others from around the world in this weekly reading event and feel free to comment!  You can find this week’s text at this URL:



The book’s table of contents can be found here—

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