Ibn Khaldun’s Pleasures of Civilization with Permaculture consultant Rhamis Kent 8pm Wednesday 15 January 2014 at Talent Lounge, Ground Floor, Menara Mustapha Kamal, Damansara Perdana – Near IKEA. Click here for Map.
Click here for his article, Restoring Restoring the Amanah Through Earth Repair: Islam, Permaculture, and Ecosystem Restoration Work. An excerpt from his interview on Beyond Halal on Islam & Earth Repair:
Krystina Friedlander: I want to start by asking you about Ibn Khaldun, a Tunisian historiographer who lived in the 14th century. You wrote that he warned people about the “pleasures of civilization.” What might he say about what we’re seeing now in terms of environmental degradation and industrialization?
Rhamis Kent: Well, I think it’s a proof to what he’s pointing to in his work. The Muqaddimah is a book where he’s examining the causes for the rise and fall of civilizations. As far as what he means by the “pleasures of civilization,” I think the easier things become, the more convenient our day-to-day living becomes, the more distanced we are from really understanding what it is that we need in order to sustain our lives, the more distance we have between ourselves and the natural world. There’s this artificial separation, a misunderstanding of exactly where we are oriented within that order. It creates a type of lethargy where you become very disoriented, and you don’t realize the impact your actions are having on the things you actually need in order to survive. Ibn Khaldun, he called it very accurately, and we’re seeing the advanced stages of some of the types of decline that he’d spoken of in his work.