Ibn Khaldun: History As Science and the Patrimonial Empire

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"Ibn Khaldun was born in Tunis in 1332 and died in Cairo in 1406. He is the most significant social scientist of Classical Islam, whose work has preserved its message and timeliness until our times. The society he ingeniously described has remained familiar to the posterity due to the survival of several elements of patrimonial empire in the Middle East. The up-to-date character of his work is also assured by the fact that he is being considered as the "founding father" of almost half a dozen disciplines." His unique work, the al-Muqaddima
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"Ibn Khaldun was born in Tunis in 1332 and died in Cairo in 1406. He is the most significant social scientist of Classical Islam, whose work has preserved its message and timeliness until our times. The society he ingeniously described has remained familiar to the posterity due to the survival of several elements of patrimonial empire in the Middle East. The up-to-date character of his work is also assured by the fact that he is being considered as the "founding father" of almost half a dozen disciplines." His unique work, the al-Muqaddima (Introduction to History) first formulated in 1375, has won the great esteem of later centuries because of two remarkable achievements. One of them is that he, laying the foundations of his pioneer and deeply original theory of civilisation, made history a never-before-existing independent discipline. His other great scientific achievement is the model-like elaboration of (patrimonial) empires, which has preserved its validity even until today in the examination of the formations of the Eurasian steppe zone. The monograph analyses these two great scientific accomplishments in detail.
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Foreword 9
In The Labyrinth of the Ibn Khaldun Research 11
Ibn Khaldun according to the judgement of his contemporaries, his followers and direct posterity 16
The influence of Ibn Khaldun on classical Turkish historical writing 21
The stages of European and Arab reception 23
Stages of a Paradigmatic Life 81
Origin of the family. Childhood and youth in Tunis 81
In the court of Fez 87
In the court of Granada: 1362-1365 90
In the court of Bijaya: 1365-1366 94
On the way of political resignation: 1368-1375 96
In the castle of Ibn Salama: 1375-1378 99
In Tunis again: 1378-1382 102
In Egypt: 1382-1406 103
The Theoretical Foundation of Historical Science 108
Ibn Khaldun as the Theoretician of Patrimonial Empirehood 124
A few methodological remarks 124
The fundamental forms of the nomadic-sedentary symbiosis in the Eurasian steppe zone 138
Asabija - umran badawi - umran hadari: the building elements of the steppe empires 148
The Ibn Khaldun-model of patrimonial empire 177
Abbreviations 195
Bibliography 197
Author Index 211
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