Fuad Baali, Tr.
This is an English translation of Heinrich Simon’s German book: Ibn Khaldun’s Wissenschaft von der Menschlichen Culture (Leipzig, 1959), with a view to making Ibn Khaldun’s ideas and contributions more accessible.
The German scholar’s chief purpose in writing the book is to establish the connection of Ibn Khaldun’s work with the philosophical tradition. He shows that Ibn Khaldun’s Science of Human Culture is something essentially new and that Ibn Khaldun was the first to attempt to formulate social laws. Apart from the connections with philosophical tradition and with the situation of Ibn Khaldun which will become apparent in the book, the book also considers whether such a view is compatible with the basic religious attitude toward history and whether Ibn Khaldun’s view of history is at all Islamic.
This book breaks new grounds and will be a welcome addition to literature on Ibn Khaldun and his work.
ISBN No. 969-432-159-X. 14 cm. x 21.5 cm. xii + 176 pp. (H.B)