Contemporary Notions: Ibn Khaldun’s ‘Asabiyyah Revisited

  • Siti Nor Azhani Mohd Tohar
  • Asbah Razali Universiti Malaya
  • Latifah Latiff Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia
Keywords: Ibn Khaldun, 'Asabiyya, Nationalism, Patriotism, National identity, Sense of Belonging, Civilisation


The phrase ‘asabiyya was profoundly foregrounded 600 years ago by Ibn Khaldun in his magnum opus, the Mukadimah, as the principal determinant to the rise and fall of a civilisation. Nevertheless, the debate on contemporary concepts such as nationalism, patriotism, national identity and sense of belonging are adopted in addressing statehood and nation which are deeply related to the discussion of Ibn Khaldun’s ‘asabiyya. Accordingly, this article presents the revisiting act of discussing Ibn Khaldun’s ‘asabiyya within contemporary notions. This article considers the views of scholars from the works of literature on the concepts of patriotism, nationalism, national identity and sense of belonging and these concepts were derived from Ibn Khaldun’s ‘asabiyya. Ergo, many scholars have recognised the contribution of Ibn Khaldun's ‘asabiyya, and it stays relevant in today’s contemporary concepts.


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Mohd Tohar, S. N. A., Razali, A., & Latiff, L. (2019). Contemporary Notions: Ibn Khaldun’s ‘Asabiyyah Revisited. Journal of Techno Social, 11(2), 65-71. Retrieved from