What’s Zuckerberg reading? A book by Muslim historian Ibn Khaldun

Ibn Khaldun is regarded to be among the founding fathers of modern sociology, historiography and economics

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has revealed he is reading a widely popular book by Arab Muslim historiographer and historian Ibn Khaldun.

The book, titled "Muqaddimah," is Ibn Khaldun’s best known work. It was written in 1377 and records an early view of universal history.


Ibn Khaldun is regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern sociology, historiography and economics.

In a Facebook post on Monday, Zuckerberg wrote: “My next book for A Year of Books is Muqaddimah by Ibn Khaldun.

“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.”

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