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Title: Beyond Ibn Khaldun's Asabiyya and Cusanus' Coincidentia
Subtitle: On Bipolar Cooperativeness
Author(s): EGGEN, Wiel
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 15    Issue: 1   Date: 2005   
Pages: 52-75
DOI: 10.2143/SID.15.1.583341

Abstract :
For dialogue, we often seek shared values. But there is value in having both parties look at their respective core-values and see how it is overstretched, so that one may open up to third parties offering a solution. This article looks at Islam and Christianity, just before Western expansion, and studies the social ideals of Ibn Khaldun and Cusanus, great visionaries at their time. Their asabiyyah (common purpose rooted in blood ties) and coincidentia oppositorum (unity to be strived after by the individual conjectural efforts) worked as mental ideals within their traditions, leading to basic contrariety that, arguably, can be remedied if both open up to an African (Banda) model, in which group adhesion and courageous individual exploration are integrated as structural counterpoints of equal value.

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