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The polymath

Author: Ben Salem Himmich; Roger Allen
Publisher: Cairo : American University in Cairo Press, 2004.
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"This historical novel deals with the stormy life of the outstanding Arab philosopher Ibn Khaldun, using historical sources and material from the writer's works to construct the personal and intellectual universe of a fourteenth-century genius. The dominant concern of the novel - the uneasy relationship between intellectuals and political power, between scholars and authority - addresses our times through the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Biographical fiction
Historical fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Himmich, Bensalem.
Polymath.
Cairo : American University in Cairo Press ; London : Eurospan, 2004
(OCoLC)607265352
Named Person: Ibn Khaldūn; Ibn Khaldūn
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Salem Himmich; Roger Allen
ISBN: 977424821X 9789774248214
OCLC Number: 54992774
Language Note: Translated from the Arabic.
Description: x, 244 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Seven Nights of Dictation --
Between Falling in Love and Operating in the Shadow of Power --
The Journey to Timur Lang, the Scourge of the Century.
Other Titles: ʻAllāmah.
Responsibility: Bensalem Himmich ; translated by Roger Allen.

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A novel that unravels the life of Arab philosopher Ibn Khaldun, reconstructing the personal and intellectual universe of a fourteenth-century genius.  Read more...

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''The elusive simplicity and fluency of style manage to entertain and instruct at once. We learn as we read about Ibn Khaldun: his insights into history and historiography, his views of the rise and Read more...

 
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