Philosophy Tea: Ibn Khaldun – the first scholar of social change?

This autumn, Professor Peter Wallensteen and Lecturer Daniel Ogden have continued their popular Philosophy Tea talks. They highlight three individuals who have contributed to global thinking in different ways: through high-level diplomacy, utopian writings and historical studies.

One of them is Ibn Khaldun, an early path-breaking Arab historian and sociologist. He lived 1332-1406 and his major work An Introduction to World History (al-Muqaddima or Prolegomena) from the late 1300s has a number of systematic ideas on civilizations, the rise and fall of dynasties and the uses of power; as well as unique historical records.

In this third Philosophy Tea of the autumn of 2017 Peter Wallensteen and Daniel Ogden discuss Ibn Khaldun’s thinking on peace, war, power and change, as well as his relevance today.

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Daniel Ogden is a researcher and teacher of utopian ideas, for many years at Uppsala University and now at Mälardalen University. Peter Wallensteen was the first holder of the Dag Hammarskjöld Chair in Peace and Conflict Research (1985-2012) and is now Senior Professor at Uppsala University.

21 December 2017