Ibn Khaldun and the Philosophy of History

27 May 2020  Wed

Ibn Khaldun- the greatest Arab historian, who developed one of the earliest nonreligious philosophies of history, contained in his masterpiece, the Muqaddimah (“Introduction”). He is considered as one of the greatest philosophers of Middle Ages.

Ibn Khaldun is one of the most influential and important Muslim thinkers in history. He was born on May 27, 1332, in Tunis. His family, of southern Arabian origin, settled in Seville after the Muslim conquest of Spain and distinguished themselves in the political and intellectual life of the city.

Ibn Khaldun has inspired at least as much interest among modern scholars as his immediate contemporaries. Legions of sociologists, anthropologists, and historians have studied his philosophy of history, treating the Muqaddimah as a timeless piece of philosophy. He also wrote a definitive history of Muslim North Africa. Ibn Khaldun interacted with Tamerlane, the founder of the Timurid Empire.

Ibn Khaldun’s portrait depicted on the 10 Tunisian Dinar Banknote issued in 1994. His house also printed on the background.

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