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The Muqaddimah : an introduction to history

The Muqaddimah, often translated as "Introduction" or "Prolegomenon," is the most important Islamic history of the premodern world. Written by the fourteenth-century Arab scholar Ibn Khaldūn, this work laid down the foundations of several fields of knowledge, including philosophy of history, sociology, ethnography, and economics. This first complete English translation was published in three volumes in 1958 as part of the Bollingen Series
Print Book, English, 1958
Pantheon Books, New York, 1958
Bollingen series, 43, xliii
Early works to 1800
3 volumes (cxv, 481; xiv, 463; xi, 603 pages) : illustrations, plates, color maps (1 folded), diagrams, facsimiles (some color) ; 25 cm
9780691017549, 0691017549
Volume I
Introduction / N.J. Dawood
The introduction
Book one of the Kitab al-'Ibar
Ch. 1. Human civilization in general
Ch. 2. Bedouin civilization, savage nations and tribes and their conditions of life, including several basic and explanatory statements
Ch. 3. On dynasties, royal authority, the caliphate, government ranks, and all that goes with these things : the chapter contains basic and supplementary propositions. Volume II
Ch. 3. Continued
Ch. 4. Countries and cities, and all other forms of sedentary civilization : the conditions occurring there : primary and secondary considerations in this connection
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
Ch. 6. The various kinds of sciences : the methods of instruction : the conditions that obtain in these conditions. Volume III
Ch. 6. Continued