An Arab Philosophy of History: Selections from the Prolegomena of Ibn Khaldun of Tunis (1332-1406)

An Arab Philosophy of History: Selections from the Prolegomena of Ibn Khaldun of Tunis (1332-1406)

An Arab Philosophy of History: Selections from the Prolegomena of Ibn Khaldun of Tunis (1332-1406)

An Arab Philosophy of History: Selections from the Prolegomena of Ibn Khaldun of Tunis (1332-1406)

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IBN KHALDUN's claim on our attention rests on firm ground, for his Prolegomena represents the most comprehensive synthesis in the Human Sciences ever achieved by the Arabs, and gives the modern non-specialist reader an accurate and vivid picture of the range of knowledge available to the medieval Muslim world. Other Muslim thinkers, notably Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Ibn Rushd (Averroes), and Al Ghazzali, had a much deeper insight into metaphysical and religious problems, and their influence over Europe was immense; but Ibn Khaldun, while profiting from their philosophical speculations, greatly surpassed them in his understanding of social problems.

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