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Ibn Khaldun

Syed Farid Alatas


Ibn Khaldun (1332–1406) was one of the most remarkable Muslim scholars of the pre-modern period. He founded what he called the science of human society or social organization, and developed a new methodology for writing history. Although his new discipline had little impact on the development of Muslim thought for several centuries, it hugely impressed European thinkers from the nineteenth century on, some of whom proclaimed Ibn Khaldun a progenitor of sociology and modern historiography. This book introduces Ibn Khaldun’s core ideas, focusing on his theory of the rise and decline of states. H ... More

Keywords: Ibn Khaldun, Muslim scholars, modern historiography, sociology, ‘asabiyya, North Africa, Safavid Empire, Ottoman Empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780198090458
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198090458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Syed Farid Alatas, author
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore