The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History / Edition 1

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Overview

The Muqaddimah, often translated as "Introduction" or "Prolegomenon," is the most important Islamic history of the premodern world. Written by the great fourteenth-century Arab scholar Ibn Khaldûn (d. 1406), this monumental work laid down the foundations of several fields of knowledge, including philosophy of history, sociology, ethnography, and economics. The first complete English translation, by the eminent Islamicist and interpreter of Arabic literature Franz Rosenthal, was published in three volumes in 1958 as part of the Bollingen Series and received immediate acclaim in America and abroad. A one-volume abridged version of Rosenthal's masterful translation was first published in 1969.

This new edition of the abridged version, with the addition of a key section of Rosenthal's own introduction to the three-volume edition, and with a new introduction by Bruce B. Lawrence, will reintroduce this seminal work to twenty-first-century students and scholars of Islam and of medieval and ancient history.

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Observer
From review of Princeton's original edition: Undoubtedly the greatest work of its kind that has ever been created by any mind in any time or place . . . the most comprehensive and illuminating analysis of how human affairs work that has been made anywhere.
— Arnold J. Toynbee
Times Literary Supplement
From review of Princeton's original edition: [N. J. Dawood] has, by skillful abridgement and deft but unobtrusive editing, produced an attractive and manageable volume, which should make the essential ideas of Ibn Khaldûn accessible to a wide circle of readers.
Observer - Arnold J. Toynbee
From review of Princeton's original edition: Undoubtedly the greatest work of its kind that has ever been created by any mind in any time or place . . . the most comprehensive and illuminating analysis of how human affairs work that has been made anywhere.
Time Magazines Literary Supplement
From review of Princeton's original edition: [N. J. Dawood] has, by skillful abridgement and deft but unobtrusive editing, produced an attractive and manageable volume, which should make the essential ideas of Ibn Khaldûn accessible to a wide circle of readers.
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From review of Princeton's original edition: "Undoubtedly the greatest work of its kind that has ever been created by any mind in any time or place . . . the most comprehensive and illuminating analysis of how human affairs work that has been made anywhere."--Arnold J. Toynbee, Observer

From review of Princeton's original edition: "[N. J. Dawood] has, by skillful abridgement and deft but unobtrusive editing, produced an attractive and manageable volume, which should make the essential ideas of Ibn Khaldûn accessible to a wide circle of readers."--Times Literary Supplement

Observer
From review of Princeton's original edition: "Undoubtedly the greatest work of its kind that has ever been created by any mind in any time or place . . . the most comprehensive and illuminating analysis of how human affairs work that has been made anywhere.
— Arnold J. Toynbee
Times Literary Supplement
From review of Princeton's original edition: "[N. J. Dawood] has, by skillful abridgement and deft but unobtrusive editing, produced an attractive and manageable volume, which should make the essential ideas of Ibn Khaldûn accessible to a wide circle of readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691120546
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 10/11/2004
  • Series: Bollingen Series (General) Series
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 427,168
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
The introduction 11
Book one of the Kitab al-'Ibar 33
Ch. 1 Human civilization in general 45
Ch. 2 Bedouin civilization, savage nations and tribes and their conditions of life, including several basic and explanatory statements 91
Ch. 3 On dynasties, royal authority, the caliphate, government ranks, and all that goes with these things : the chapter contains basic and supplementary propositions 123
Ch. 4 Countries and cities, and all other forms of sedentary civilization : the conditions occurring there : primary and secondary considerations in this connection 263
Ch. 5 On the various aspects of making a living, such as profit and the crafts : the conditions that occur in this connection : a number of problems are connected with this subject 297
Ch. 6 The various kinds of sciences : the methods of instruction : the conditions that obtain in these conditions 333
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  • Posted December 20, 2009

    Great Research Source

    I found this book extremely useful in helping me gain insights into Medieval Muslim thought. Ibn Khaldun shows that in his day the educated Muslim was much more knowledgeable than we give them credit for today. I was taught that during the Middle Ages, within the "umma" or Muslim community, a high tolerance for people of other religions was prevalent. But Khaldun's comments tell me that this was not so.

    This is a wonderful primary source for any historian interested in the time period of Ibn Khaldun.

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