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The Muqaddimah : Ibn Khaldun
The Muqaddimah : Ibn Khaldun
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Details:  The Muqaddimah : An Introduction to History, [Abridged Version].
*[A5] Paperback - 504 pages,
by Ibn Khaldun, Back in Stock July 2018,
Translated and introduced by: Franz Rosenthal.
Edited and abridged by: N.J. Dawood.
With a new introduction by: Bruce B. Lawrence. 


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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 Khaldūn (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.


From review of Princeton's original edition: "Undoubtedly the greatest work of its kind that has ever been created by any mind in any time or place ... the most comprehensive and illuminating analysis of how human affairs work that has been made anywhere." ---Arnold J. Toynbee, Observer.

From review of Princeton's original edition: "[N.J. Dawood] has, by skillful abridgement and deft but unobtrusive editing, produced an attractive and manageable volume, which should make the essential ideas of Ibn Khaldūn accessible to a wide circle of readers." ---Times Literary Supplement.

Table of Contents :

---Introductory material,
---Introductory material of Book One, Kitab al 'Ibar,
---Preliminary Remarks.

---Chapter [I].
------Human civilisation in general,

---Chapter [II]. Bedouin civilisation, savage nations and tribes and their conditions of life, including several basic and explanatory statements.

---Chapter [III]. On dynasties, royal authority, the caliphate, government ranks, and
all that goes with these things. The chapter contains basic and supplementary propositions.

---Chapter [IV]. Countries and cities, and all other forms of sedentary civilisation.
------The conditions occurring there. Primary and secondary considerations in this connection.

---Chapter [V]. On the various aspects of making a living, such as profit and the crafts. ------The conditions that occur in this connection. A number of problems are connected with this subject.

---Chapter [VI]. The various kinds of sciences. The methods of instruction.
------The conditions that obtain in these connections. The chapter includes a prefatory discussion and appendices.

---Concluding Remarks.

---Selected Bibliography, Walter J. Fischel

Also see Ibn Khaldun on Sufism.

More Islamic History,
Also see Sirah, Biographies.

*Actual cover design may vary to image shown.

Dimensions : 21.5 x 14cm.


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