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Ibn Khaldun: Life and Times

by Allen Fromherz

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0748639349, Hardcover)

Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) was a tremendously influential and important Muslim thinker. Sociologists, anthropologists, and historians study his great work on the philosophy of history, treating his Muqaddimah as a timeless philosophical accomplishment. Rejecting portrayals of this intellectual as a modern mind lost to obscure medieval thinking, Allen Fromherz demonstrates how historical context and personal motivations shaped Khaldun's ideas on tribalism, identity, religion, and history. He displays the rich and complex nature of Khaldun's memoirs, written during a politically tumultuous and religiously contentious time.

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Ibn Khaldun (d. 1406) is one of the most influential and important Muslim thinkers in history. Legions of sociologists, anthropologists and historians have studied his interpretation 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, Ibn Khaldun, Life and Times demonstrates how Ibn Khaldun's ideas were shaped by his historical context and personal motivations. Relying on original Arabic sources, most importantly Ibn Khaldun's unique autobiography, this is the first complete, scholarly biography of Ibn Khaldun in English. While previous studies dismissed Ibn Khaldun's autobiography as lacking in psychological depth, Ibn Khaldun, Life and Times challenges this view. Demonstrating the rich and complex nature of Ibn Khaldun's memoirs, this book not only tells the life story of Ibn Khaldun in an accessible way, it also introduces readers to the fourteenth-century Mediterranean world. Seen in the context of a politically tumultuous and religiously contentious fourteenth-century Mediterranean, Ibn Khaldun's ideas about tribalism, identity, religion and history are even more relevant to pressing, modern concerns. --Book Jacket.… (more)

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