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An Arab Philosophy of History: Selections from the Prolegomena of Ibn Khaldun of Tunis Hardcover – 1 Jan 1987


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An Arab Philosophy of History: Selections from the Prolegomena of Ibn Khaldun of Tunis 4 Jun 2013
By Jeffrey Levy - Published on Amazon.com
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Ibn Khaldun was one of the greatest of all historians, and one of the most profound thinkers of all time. In expounding the forces leading to the rise and fall of the great Medieval kingdoms of North Africa, he practically invented the science of Sociology, although he is said to have left no followers. He emphasized group solidarity and status within the group, and detailed the role of religion and what we would now call Esprit de corps in maintaining the state. His most famous saying is "The past resembles the future more than one drop of water resembles another." Ibn Khaldun had a profound influence on the historian Arnold Toynbee. Ibn Khaldun's ideas have been used frequently (and unacknowledged) by current authors to describe the rise and fall of corporations. This book summarizes and makes available his most profound ideas in a short, concise format.
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The most original of all philosophers 28 Aug 2000
By Ward Botsford - Published on Amazon.com
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Khaldum was an amazing person. Preceeding Machiavelli by 300 years he is more profound, more knowledgable and better read than the great Italian prince. Add to this the fact that Machiavelli comes from the Renaissance with all that that indicates while Kaldum came from a civilization that was - at the very least - morbund. How to account for such a book from such a time? He was hounded by his own time and neglected by later ages.
If you do not read Khaldum your knowledge of the subject is sadly lacking.
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