Ibn Khaldun and the Wealth of Civilizations

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Received scholarship often recognizes Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) as a major Islamic philosopher of history preoccupied with the rise and fall of civilizations. His profound reflections on civilizational cycles serve as an indispensable medieval contrast to modern accounts commonly available in Spengler, Gibbon or Toynbee. Less appreciated in standard historiography is Ibn Khaldun’s status as a political economist seeking answers to the secret of wealth creation and the materialist foundations of civilization. The boundary between the medieval and modern worlds produces not only the fiction of cultural incommensurability, but also reveals the implicit hierarchy undergirding teleological thinking. This essay seeks to recover Ibn Khaldun’s contributions to political economy as an attempt to rebuild bridges between the two worlds that are traditionally separated by time and culture. The task of reconstruction relies on a critical reading of Ibn Khaldun’s Introduction (the Muqaddimah) to his magnum opus, the Kitāb al-ʻIbar or "Book of Lessons," as well as an engagement with scholarly commentaries sheltering interdisciplinary horizons. The essay is also based on a refusal to embrace rigid binaries between religious and secular worlds. Ibn Khaldun’s work melds the two worlds without succumbing to analytical paralysis.
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
TeitlRoutledge Handbook of Ethics and International Relations
GolygyddionBrent Steele, Eric Heinze
Man cyhoeddiLondon and New York
CyhoeddwrTaylor & Francis
Nifer y tudalennau11
ISBN (Electronig)9781315725932
ISBN (Argraffiad)9781138840201, 9780367580636
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 02 Gorff 2018

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