1.3.1 Philosophies of History Video

In the following Madrasa Discourses interview, Professors Ebrahim Moosa, Hussein Abdulsater, and Celia Deane-Drummond discuss Ibn Khaldun and the development of the study of history and how history can help us understand society. Today, historians turn not only to texts but to evidence from other disciplines to explain the past.


Guiding Questions:

  • How do we come to know the past?
  • When does history begin?
  • Do we conceptualize history as a series of events or as a narrative that includes insights from our own imagination and experiences in the present?
  • What are the different ways of imagining Islamic history?
  • Does our knowledge of deep history and big history open up new possibilities for how we think about Islamic history and tradition today?