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  • Paperback: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Bollingen Series; Princeton University Press; Later Printing edition (1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691017549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691017549
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,393,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It should be known that history, in matter of fact, is informan about human social organization, which itself is identical with world civilization. Read the first page
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jan 1999
Format: Paperback
Hello.
The English interpretation of Ibn Khaldun's historical works should be read by all those who wish to gain a better understanding into the currents that drive human civilization. The scholar's words, although they were written down over six hundred years ago, contain insights that are remarkable and wisdom that will provide the reader with a fresh outlook on the world around them.
The work deals with the various conditions that underly the rise, maintenence, maturity and decline of civilization and of the political entities that are created by people. The role of the "dynasty" (government) in the economy, the effect of taxation, the circulation of wealth, and other aspects of the political economy are set down in great detail.
Ibn Khaldun describes the stages that every civilization passes from the turmoil of the inception of political entities, through the stability of the "middle period," to the "senility" and decline. Where the pursuit of luxury and ease in a sociey dominates and results in the eventual death of the dynasty. His parallel of the life of a society and with the life of an individual is a thing that is thought provoking.
I hope more people will read this book and thereby experience the genius of Ibn Khaldun.
Peace,
Sharif M. Sazzad
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Stokle on 17 Jan 2012
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This book is living proof that Arab intellectual thought has contributed towards the advancement of mankind.

Quite simply, this work displays such passionate enthusiasm in its quest for rational knowledge, and investigates such a broad spectrum of human behavior, that it has rarely been equaled in its scope. I wouldn't hesitate to say that it's one of the very few books that can change your outlook on life. Ibn Khaldun spent most of his lifetime writing the Muqaddimah, and it stands for all to see as the legacy of a genius.

Of particular importance in my opinion is his division of human society into urban and rural communities. This crucial distinction makes the book one of the founding documents of sociology. Moreover, its brilliant examination of political economy develops ideas that can be traced hundreds of years later in the works of Montesquieu, Smith, Marx, and Engels. I also found that even after 600 years, the description of Bedouin society was still very relevant.

I strongly encourage you to acquire a copy of this epic work. Don't be put off by its age. After reading a few pages, you will quickly realize that you've uncovered a rare jewel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By charles mugisha on 31 July 2011
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Reviewed by Charles Mugisha - University of Birmingham

This is one book I recommend to any student of History and any university lecturers of history who have no knowledge of Ibn Khaldun(1332-1406). The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History - introduces us to Ibn Khaldun - one of the greatest Arab Muslim historians. He studied the structure of society in history and his insights are of trans-cultural significance. Ibn Khaldun had an influence in the intricate politics of North Africa and Spain, and he was also a distinguished jurist and practicing judge, however his fame rests on his achievement as a historian and, more particularly, on the introductory volume to his "History of the World".
In this introduction, Ibn Khaldun shows a certain familiarity with pre-Islamic and Biblical material and makes references to developments in the Western Christian world.

He argues that humanity is divided into two groups: "natural" and "necessary" groups. The `natural' group as the nomads and the `necessary' group as the settlers. Ibn Khaldun observed that the nomads possess the physical and mental advantages of relative closeness to the state of nature. He goes on to say that nomads will, under the impact of a religious message and with the aid of their intense feeling of solidarity, grow into a political force which the members of urban settlements, weakened by the complexity of their lives and the luxuries to which they have become accustomed, always prove unable to resist. The latter fall prey to the invader, who in turn becomes a willing victim to the developmental cycle that has corrupted his predecessors.

According to Ibn Khaldun, the average life span of a Bedouin power is four generations.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jan 1999
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Hello.
The English interpretation of Ibn Khaldun's historical works should be read by all those who wish to gain a better understanding into the currents that drive human civilization. The scholar's words, although they were written down over six hundred years ago, contain insights that are remarkable and wisdom that will provide the reader with a fresh outlook on the world around them.
The work deals with the various conditions that underly the rise, maintenence, maturity and decline of civilization and of the political entities that are created by people. The role of the "dynasty" (government) in the economy, the effect of taxation, the circulation of wealth, and other aspects of the political economy are set down in great detail.
Ibn Khaldun describes the stages that every civilization passes from the turmoil of the inception of political entities, through the stability of the "middle period," to the "senility" and decline. Where the pursuit of luxury and ease in a sociey dominates and results in the eventual death of the dynasty. His parallel of the life of a society and with the life of an individual is a thing that is thought provoking.
I hope more people will read this book and thereby experience the genius of Ibn Khaldun.
Peace,
Sharif M. Sazzad
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