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ASABIYAH. Derived from the root `asab ("to bind") and `asabah ("union") `asabiyah refers to a sociocultural bond that can be used to measure the strength of social groupings. It was a familiar term in the preIslamic era and became a popular concept when Ibn Khaldun (1332-14o6) used it in his work Muqaddimah. `Asabiyah, then, can be understood as social solidarity, with emphasis on group consciousness, cohesiveness, and unity. `Asabiyah is a social as well as psychological, physical, and polit ...more

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