Sorcerers vs Talismans

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Published in Physics and Philosophy & Religion

"The Sciences of Sorcery and Talismans" by Ibn Khaldun

Join the esteemed Arab scientist Abdul-Rahman ibn Khaldūn (806/1406) on a fascinating journey of discovery into the enchanting realm of magical designs. This video is an illuminating journey into the intricate charms of magic woven into various material forms – from the craftsmanship of metalworking to the artistry of carved wood, fabric and jewellery. As we navigate the pages of literature, we meticulously unfold theories, engage in discussions about "magical vocabulary" and scrutinise traces meticulously preserved in mediaeval artefacts.

Ibn Khaldun's Muqaddimah takes centre stage, serving as a guide to reveal the nuanced facets of magic. He eloquently defines it as a science based on humanity's endeavour to influence the elements through spiritual acts or talismans.

Ibn Khaldun's astute observations dissect magical phenomena and attribute some to the innate human desire for foresight.

When we look at his work, we witness Ibn Khaldun's methodical and cultured approach. He transcends the superficial layers of popular belief and searches for the secrets, roots and causes behind them.

Armed with Islamic law and logical arguments, he dispels myths and lays the foundation for the science of folklore. Ibn Khaldun's profound legacy extends seamlessly into our own time, leaving an indelible mark on contemporary scholarship on folk practises.

So, join us on this captivating journey and unravel the magical tapestry painstakingly woven by this luminary of Eastern Scholarship.

Source: "Muqaddimah" of Ibn Khaldun, Princeton Press, 2015.

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