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Ibn Khaldun

Arab historiographer and historian

1332   -   1406

country of citizenship: Tunisia
educated at: University of Ez-Zitouna
occupation: anthropologist, historian, judge, autobiographer, sociologist, economist, philosopher

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Ibn Khaldun (; Arabic: أبو زيد عبد الرحمن بن محمد بن خلدون الحضرمي‎, Abū Zayd ‘Abd ar-Raḥmān ibn Muḥammad ibn Khaldūn al-Ḥaḍramī; 27 May 1332 – 17 March 1406) was a Tunisian Arab historiographer and historian.He is widely considered as a forerunner of the modern disciplines of historiography, sociology, economics, and demography.He is best known for his book, the Muqaddimah or Prolegomena ("Introduction"). The book influenced 17th-century Ottoman historians like Kâtip Çelebi, Ahmed Cevdet Pasha and Mustafa Naima, who used the theories in the book to analyze the growth and decline of the Ottoman Empire. Also, 19th-century European scholars also acknowledged the significance of the book and considered Ibn Khaldun to be one of the greatest philosophers of the Middle Ages.
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