Ibn Khaldun : An Intellectual Biography
by Robert Irwin
✅ Editor: Princeton University Press
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The definitive account of the life and thought of the medieval Arab genius who wrote the Muqaddima of Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) is generally regarded as the greatest intellectual who ever appeared in the Arab world-a genius who ranks as one of the greatest mindsYet the author of the Muqaddima, the most important study ever produced in the Islamic world, is not as well known as he should be, and that his ideas are largely unknown.In this brand new intellectual biography, Robert Irwin offers engaging and reliable insights into Ibn Khaldun’s extraordinary life, times, writings and ideasIrwin tells how Ibn Khaldun, who lived in a world decimated by the Black Death, held a long series of articles in the tumultuous life of the Islamic courts of North Africa and Muslim Spain, becoming a major player politician as well as a teacher and writerCarefully examining the Muqaddima, an original framework, analysis of the laws of history, and on the basis of many other contemporary sources, Irwin shows how Ibn Khaldun’s life and thought adjustment in the historical and intellectual context, including medieval Islamic theology, philosophy, politics, literature, economics, law, and tribal lifeBecause Ibn Khaldun’s ideas often seem to anticipate, to centuries of evolution in many fields, he has often been portrayed as a modern man than a medieval man, and Irwin’s reading of this provides new knowledge on the history of OrientalismOn the other hand, Irwin presents an Ibn Khaldun who was a creature of his time, a pious Sufi mystic who was obsessed with the occult and futurology and who lived in a strange world very different from ours.
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