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Ibn Khaldun: Life and Times

Allen James Fromherz


Ibn Khaldun (d. 1406) is one of the most influential and important Muslim thinkers in history. Ibn Khaldun has inspired at least as much interest among modern scholars as his immediate contemporaries. Legions of sociologists, anthropologists and historians have studied his philosophy of history, treating the Muqaddimah as a timeless piece of philosophy. Most studies of Ibn Khaldun ignore the fascinating story of his own life and times. Rejecting portrayals of Ibn Khaldun as a modern mind lost in medieval obscurity, this book demonstrates how Ibn Khaldun's ideas were shaped by his historical co ... More

Keywords: Ibn Khaldun, Muslim thinkers, philosophy of history, Muqaddimah, Arabic, autobiography, memoirs, fourteenth century, Mediterranean world, tribalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780748639342
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639342.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allen James Fromherz, author