THE MUQADDIMAH. Abd Ar Rahman bin Muhammed ibn Khaldun. Translated by Introductory material. Introductory material of Book One, Kitab al 'Ibar. Written by the great fourteenth-century Arab scholar Ibn Khaldûn (d. ), this monumental work Al Muqaddimah: Prolegomena (Arabic Edition). Ibn Khaldun. The Muqaddimah has ratings and reviews. Alex said: This rating is Written by the great fourteenth-century Arab scholar Ibn Khaldun (d. ), this.


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The problem is, aside from a al muqaddimah ibn khaldun opening, actually reading the book is pretty dull. It's not helped by the difficulty of translating Arabic and the fact that even the translator's Orientalism-seeped terminology is seeming pretty dated now.

I read the Franz Rosenthal translation Ibn Khaldun's popularity means that his views have been repeated and al muqaddimah ibn khaldun upon for hundreds of years. You don't get much out of reading his exact words that you won't get out of a decent modern historian writing in English The Muqaddimah has a certain charm, and its author is all kinds of amazing, but it's too old to be of use to people looking for theories of history and too difficult to translate for people looking for fascinating stories.

Look for a modern historical work about Ibn Khaldun or, even better, a historian who cites him as an inspiration. The genius of Ibn Khaldun's work is that you can understand his ideas without reading his exact words. Muslim historiography has at all times been united by the closest ties with the general development of al muqaddimah ibn khaldun in Islam, and the position of historical knowledge in MusIim education has exercised a decisive influence upon the intellectual level of historical writing The Muslims achieved a definite advance beyond previous historical writing in the sociological understanding of history and the systematisation of historiography.

The development of modern historical writing seems to have gained considerably in speed and substance through the utilization of a Muslim Literature which enabled western historians, from the seventeenth century on, to see a large section of the world through foreign eyes.

The Muslim historiography helped indirectly and modestly to shape present day historical thinking.


In this criticism, he approached the past as strange and in need of interpretation. The originality of Ibn Khaldun was to claim that the cultural difference of another age must govern the evaluation of relevant historical material, to distinguish the principles according to which it might be possible al muqaddimah ibn khaldun attempt the evaluation, and lastly, to feel the need for experience, in addition to rational principles, in order to assess a culture of the past.

Ibn Khaldun often criticized "idle superstition and uncritical acceptance of historical data". As a result, he introduced a scientific method to the study of history, which was considered something "new to his age", and he often referred to it as his "new science", now associated with historiography.

It is a theory, an analysis and justification about the creatures and their principles, and a science of how the incidents happen and their reasons" "Myths have nothing to do with history and should be refuted" "To build strong historical records, the historian should rely on necessary rules for the truth comparison" Philosophy of history[ al muqaddimah ibn khaldun ] Ibn Al muqaddimah ibn khaldun is considered a pioneer of the philosophy of history.

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It can be regarded as the earliest attempt made by any historian to discover a pattern in the changes that occur in man's political and social organization. Rational in its approach, analytical in its method, encyclopaedic in detail, it represents an almost complete departure from traditional historiography, discarding conventional concepts and cliches and seeking, beyond the mere chronicle of events, an explanation—and hence a philosophy of history.

Khaldun was quite concerned with the effect of raising the al muqaddimah ibn khaldun of evidence when confronted with uncomfortable claims, and relaxing it when given claims that seemed reasonable or comfortable.

He was a jurist, and sometimes participated reluctantly in rulings that he felt were coerced, based on arguments he did not respect. Besides al-Maqrizi —[28] Ibn Khaldun's focused attempt to systematically study and account biases in the creation of history wouldn't be seen again until Georg HegelAl muqaddimah ibn khaldun Marxand Friedrich Nietzsche in 19th-century Germany, and Arnold J.

Toynbeea 20th-century British historian.

The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History - Abridged Edition

Ibn Khaldun also examines why, throughout history, it has been common for historians to sensationalize historical events and, in particular, exaggerate numerical figures: Whenever contemporaries speak about the dynastic armies of their own or recent times, and whenever they engage in discussions about Muslim or Christian soldiers, or when they get to figuring the al muqaddimah ibn khaldun revenues and the money spent by the government, the outlays of extravagant spenders, and the goods that rich and prosperous men have in stock, they are quite al muqaddimah ibn khaldun found to exaggerate, to go beyond the bounds of the ordinary, and to succumb to the temptation of sensationalism.

When the officials in charge are questioned about their armies, when the goods and assets of wealthy people are assessed, and when the outlays of extravagant spenders are looked at in ordinary light, the figures will be found to amount to a tenth of what those people have said.

The reason is simple. It is the common desire for sensationalism, the ease with which one may just mention a higher figure, and the disregard of reviewers and critics.

This leads to failure to exercise self-criticism about one's errors and intentions, to demand from oneself moderation and fairness in reporting, to reapply oneself to study and research.

Such historians let themselves go and made a feast of untrue statements. It criticizes certain accounts of historical battles that appear to be exaggerated, and takes military logistics into account when questioning al muqaddimah ibn khaldun sizes of historical armies reported in earlier sources.

Al muqaddimah ibn khaldun the Introduction to the Muqaddimah, Ibn Khaldun directs this criticism towards to famous historians such as Al-Masudi[31] who is today regarded as the " Herodotus of the Arabs" [32] and whom Ibn Khaldun al muqaddimah ibn khaldun regarded as one of the most famous historians up until his time.

He notes that the whole available territory would have been too small for such a large army, and argues that if "it were in battle formation, it would extend" several times "beyond the field of vision.

The Muqaddimah states that if the Israelites really did have such a large army, the extent of their empire would have been far larger, as "the size of administrative units and provinces under a particular dynasty is in direct proportion to the size of its militia and the groups that support the dynasty".

Ibn Khaldun argues that it "is improbable that the descendants of one man could branch out into such a number within four generations".

The Muqaddimah also states that there was a general assumption that Solomon 's army was similarly large, but Ibn Khaldun refutes this, noting that Solomon came only eleven generations after Jacob, and argues that the "descendants of one man in eleven generations would not branch out into such a number, as has been assumed".

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