’Abd ar-Raḥmān ibn Khaldûn al-Ḥaḍramî (b. Tunis 1332 – d. Cairo 1406) pursued several different life ambitions, some with extraordinary success. He was a theologian, a politician, a traveller, a qadi, a cultural analyst, a social thinker, a reviser of historical science and, unceasingly, a deeply pious man. He travelled through most of the Maghreb and Muslim Andalusia, observing the patterns in customs of different social classes – from holders of power to the underprivileged. His observations became a foundation for his “new historical science”: an investigation of the hidden levers of history, expounded in his monumental book, The Muqaddimah. Ibn Khaldun died at the age of 74 and was buried at a Sufi cemetery in Cairo.
“Anthropological Aspects of Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah: A Critical Examination”
Marko Pišev, 2019
The contemporary reader of Ibn Khaldun may perceive this Tunisian author as having laid the foundations for many contemporary social sciences, including economics, politicology, sociology and anthropology. Such a perception is not unreasonable, as there are obvious parallels between Ibn (...)