The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History

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Author: Khaldūn, Ibn (1332-1406)

Year: 1967

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Place: Princeton


3 volumes. Volume 1: cxv+481 pages with color frontispiece, plates and folding map; xiv+463 pages with color frontispiece and plates (one folding); xi+613 pages with color frontispiece, figure, plates, bibliography and indices. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/2") bound in original publisher's gray cloth with gilt lettering to spine in original jackets and housed in original slipcase. Translated by Franz Rosenthal. Bollingen Series XLIII. Second edition with corrections and augmented bibliography.

Ibn Khaldūn was an Arab Muslim historiographer and historian, regarded to be among the founding fathers of modern sociology,historiography, demography, and economics. He is best known for his book, the Muqaddimah (literally the "Introduction", known as the Prolegomena in Greek). The book influenced 17th-century Ottoman historians like Ḥajjī Khalīfa and Mustafa Naima who used the theories in the book to analyze the growth and decline of the Ottoman Empire. 19th-century European scholars also acknowledged the significance of the book and considered Ibn Khaldun as one of the greatest philosophers of the Middle Ages.


Some small chips to spine ends of jackets else a near fine set in like jacket and slip case.


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