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Author Fromherz, Allen James.

Title Ibn Khaldun : life and times / Allen James Fromherz
Published Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 190 pages) : map
Contents Cover; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgements and Preface; Map; Timeline; Chapter 1 Historian meets History; Chapter 2 Ibn Khaldun's Early Life; Chapter 3 Ibn Khaldun the Statesman; Chapter 4 Egypt; Chapter 5 Ibn Khaldun's Method; Chapter 6 Modernity; Chapter 7 On Being Ibn Khaldun; Bibliography; Index
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Ibn Khaldūn, 1332-1406.
Historians -- Islamic Empire -- Biography.
Islamic learning and scholarship -- History -- To 1500.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0748642269 (electronic bk.)
9780748642267 (electronic bk.)