Ibn Khaldun

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Ibn Khal·dun

(kăl-do͞on′, KHäl-) 1332-1406.
Arab historian. His Muqaddimah (c. 1375) is an important work on the theory of history.
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Abd al-Rahman ibn Khaldun, the well known historian and thinker from Muslim 14th-century North Africa, is considered a forerunner of original theories in social sciences and philosophy of history, as well as the author of original views in economics, prefiguring modern contributions.
He begins by tracing the usage of key terms such as umma (community), qawm (group), sha'b (group of people), and 'arab (Arabs) in classical texts from the rise of Islam until the era of 'Abd al-Rahman ibn Khaldun (1332-1406).