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The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History…

The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History (Princeton Classics) (edition 2015)

by Ibn Khaldun (Author), N. J. Dawood (Editor), Franz Rosenthal (Translator), Bruce Lawrence (Introduction)

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Title:The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History (Princeton Classics)
Authors:Ibn Khaldun (Author)
Other authors:N. J. Dawood (Editor), Franz Rosenthal (Translator), Bruce Lawrence (Introduction)
Info:Princeton University Press (2015), Edition: Abridged, 512 pages
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The Muqaddimah, an Introduction to History [abridged Rosenthal translation] by Ibn Khaldūn



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I read this for Mark Zuckerberg’s book club, A Year Of Books.

I did not read The Muqaddimah fully, the first 100 pages I read, but after that I just skimmed. This book isn’t for me, I don’t care for books about religion or philosophy to this extent. I understand the significance of The Muqaddimah, which is why I tried to read it, it laid down the ground work for many areas of study, but I just couldn’t get into it, especially know that so much of it was already discredited. People who like philosophy and reading historical philosophy will love this, I am just not that person.
  GrlIntrrptdRdng | May 28, 2018 |
The Muqaddimah is a pleasurable read for experts with many surprises (in the background/sidelines). Rosenthal's bracket fillers are sometimes annoying and misleading. Khaldun finished the work in 1377, which is a pivotal year in both, the Renaissance and also the decline of Islam civilization into intellectual and economic poverty. It is written at a time where much of Islam's high culture had already been lost. The Muqaddimah is full of superstitions that replaced earlier Arab knowledge.

Khaldun's social economic system is based on group feeling (singular nationalism), social cooperation (socialism) and natural cycles of excessive wealth that corrupt civilizations. He recognizes urbanization as a key factor to prosperity. As a stark reminder to modernity, excess leads to living above means, according to Khaldun, and to the corruption of character. This, he argues, leads to the ruin of civilizations. Hence, his conclusion is that religion - his Sufi version of religion - is the only way to keep a civilization sane and modest. It is an important book that builds a bridge to some understanding of modern Muslim thought. Many of Khaldun's offerings are found in Gaddafi's Green book in a slightly modified version.

The historical narrative that is based on traditions (that were invented after the fact) are useless for the student of history. For more information about how the traditions and the main Arab sects fit into history, see The Great Leap-Fraud. ( )
1 vote ajdeus | Apr 27, 2011 |
The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History (Bollingen Series (General)) by Ibn Khaldun (2004)
  cdp02005 | Aug 4, 2009 |
The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History (Bollingen Series (General)) by Ibn Khaldun (2004)
  cdp02005 | Aug 4, 2009 |
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The Muqaddimah, often translated as "Introduction" or "Prolegomenon," is the most important Islamic history of the premodern world. Written by the great fourteenth-century Arab scholar Ibn Khaldûn (d. 1406), this monumental work laid down the foundations of several fields of knowledge, including philosophy of history, sociology, ethnography, and economics. The first complete English translation, by the eminent Islamicist and interpreter of Arabic literature Franz Rosenthal, was published in three volumes in 1958 as part of the Bollingen Series and received immediate acclaim in America and abroad. A one-volume abridged version of Rosenthal's masterful translation was first published in 1969.

This new edition of the abridged version, with the addition of a key section of Rosenthal's own introduction to the three-volume edition, and with a new introduction by Bruce B. Lawrence, will reintroduce this seminal work to twenty-first-century students and scholars of Islam and of medieval and ancient history.

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The classic Islamic history of the world, abridged from the three-volume translation by Franz Rosenthal.

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