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Ibn KhaldunLife and Times$
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Allen James Fromherz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780748639342

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639342.001.0001

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Ibn Khaldun The Statesman

Ibn Khaldun The Statesman

(p.60) Chapter 3 Ibn Khaldun The Statesman
Ibn Khaldun

Fromherz Allen James

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on Ibn Khaldun's political ties and political involvement. Ibn Khaldun while he may support a particular ruler, he has a frequent attitude of ambivalence, especially toward rulers who did not meet his expectations. This attitude of ambivalence continued throughout most of his career. This chapter focuses on his political involvement from the period of Abu'inan, to that of Muhammad V. Nasrid amir of Granada, and to Ibn al-Khatib, the grand wazir of Granada. While the focus of this chapter is on the Ibn Khadun 's political involvement, the chapter also takes note of his observations of the upwelling and decline of dynasties, and the dependence of the unification of an empire on the combination of religious legitimacy and tribal solidarity ('asabiyya).

Keywords:   Ibn Khaldun, political ties, political involvement, attitude of ambivalence, Abu'inan, Nasrid amir, Ibn al-Khatib, decline of dynasties, religious legitimacy, tribal solidarity

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