The Meaning of madanī in al-Fārābī’s ‘Political’ Philosophy

Gutas, Dimitri. "The Meaning of madani in al-Farabi's 'Political' Philosophy." Melanges de l'Unviversite Saint Joseph, Vol. LVII, 2004, pp. 259-282.  

Overview: A leading scholar and polemicist argues that Alfarabi does not have an political philosophy at all. He interprets the term normally translated as ‘political’ to mean ‘city-dweller.’