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Asabiyya being generated from the idea of custodial authority wazi paves the path toward the foundation of the state and its defense at the early stage of its functioning It resembles a reflection of community assent to forward claims together with readiness to achieve them through the use of force The ultimate objective to which it strives is power mulk By its nature asabiyya strives to subjugate others in compliance with its own goal It is also internally contradictory it serves as a means to attain power while the subordination of other people leads to the loss of community ties and destabilization of the given authority To the same end lead - characteristic for mulk and town life - the phenomena of well-being and luxury The consequence is ultimately the downfall of the existing state and the foundation of another dynastic state This is the basic theory behind the Ibn Khaldunesque asabiyya Khaldun analyzed the dynamics of group relationships and showed how group feelings al-Asabiyya produce the ascent of a new civilization and political power He identified an almost rhythmic repetition of the rise and fall in human civilization and analyzed factors contributing to it The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T E Lawrence illustrates a similar thematic movement in accordance to the role of asabiyya yet it exemplifies it with a patronizing Western undertone Lawrence was enthralled with the previously mentioned defensive mechanism that came with group feeling The perspective that Lawrence gives in one that must be taken in the social context of which it was written Lawrence was writing as a westerner attempting to subdue the Bedu into an organized people this organization would prove to be the fall of group feeling and the adjunct of a quasi democracy The exhibition of group feeling is a far subtler one in the story of Endings by Munif In Endings there is no direct commentary on society and thus has less specific references
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