Rabat - Mark Zuckerberg has revealed his next pick for his A Year of Books project.
Rabat – Mark Zuckerberg has revealed his next pick for his A Year of Books project.
Thirty-one year old Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, made a New Year’s Resolution to read an important book every two weeks this year and then discuss it online with the Facebook community. His eleventh book is “Muqaddimah” (translated The Introduction) by the Arab historian Ibn Khaldun.
Ibn Khaldun is considered one of the founding fathers of modern society and historiography. He was well-educated and studied a range of topics including Arab linguistics, law, mathematics, economics, logic, and philosophy. He also memorized the Qur’an by heart.
“Muqaddimah” is Ibn Khaldun’s most famous work. Written in 1377, it focuses on classic Islamic history and elements of the early progression of humanity. Zuckerberg says that although most of the book has been disproven since its writing, “Muqaddimah” is still an interesting read.
“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” he wrote.
The book gives a different prospective on worldview and was used by later historians to examine the growth and decline of modern empires.