The Prolegomena of Ibn Khaldun are in many ways the most remarkable manifestation of Islamic philosophical thought. Not only did Ibn Khaldun sum up the accumulated knowledge and leading doctrines of his civilization, but in many fields he broke new ground and anticipated the findings of Western social scientists of the last two centuries. The passages have been grouped to illustrate Ibn Khaldun’s views on
Society and State
Religion and Politics
Knowledge and Society
The Theory of Being
The Theory of Knowledge
This translation is intended for students of thought, rather than specialized Arabic scholars, and for those interested in the intellectual background of the Arab world.
First published in 1950 and reprinted several times, this revision contains a new chapter and a thoroughly revised and updated bibliography.