Why Facebook founder wants everyone to read the Islamic book The Muqaddimah

2015-06-16 12:04:49 | Al Muslim News
Why Facebook founder wants everyone to read the Islamic book The Muqaddimah
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg

 

Recently Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that he is reading 14th-century Islamic book ‘The Muqaddimah,’ written in 1377 by the Islamic Scholar and historian Ibn Khaldun

It should be noted that social network giant Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s 2015 New Year’s resolution was to read an important book every two weeks and discuss it with the Facebook community.

Zuckerberg’s book club, A Year of Books, has focused on big ideas that influence society and business. His selections so far have been mostly contemporary, but for his 11th pick he’s chosen “The Muqaddimah,” written in 1377 by the Islamic historian Ibn Khaldun.

“The Muqaddimah,” which translates to “The Introduction,” is an early attempt to strip away biases of historical records and find universal elements in the progression of human history that had accumulated until the era in which he lived.

Ibn Khaldun was an important Muslim statesman and scholar of the 14th century who established the basis of sociology, history and economy of his time. He wrote his work at the Qalat ibn Salama near present day Algeria, a fortress where he sought refuge among the tribe of Awlad Arif.

Ibn Khaldun's revolutionary scientific approach to history has established him as one of the foundational thinkers of modern sociology and historiography.

The book offers sociological hints that can be read in parallel with modern politics. Moreover, modern political organizations have evaluated Khaldun's book as a valuable guide.

The influential 20th-century British historian Arnold J. Toynbee described “The Muqaddimah” as “a philosophy of history, which is undoubtedly the greatest work of its kind that has ever yet been created by any mind in any time or place,” according to the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Zuckerberg explains his latest book-club pick on his personal Facebook page:

         It’s a history of the world written by an intellectual who lived in the 1300s. It focuses on how society and culture flow, including the creation of cities, politics, commerce and science.

While much of what was believed then is now disproven after 700 more years of progress, it’s still very interesting to see what was understood at this time and the overall worldview when it’s all considered together.

Most of Zuckerberg’s book club selections have explored issues through a sociological lens, so it makes sense he is now reading a book that helped create the field.

 

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