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IBN KHALDUN, `ABD AL-RAHMAN

IBN KHALDUN, `ABD AL-RAHMAN (1332-14o6), influential thinker about Arab social structures and processes. Ibn Khaldun was born inTunis, at a time whenNorth Africa, part of the Arab Muslim empire in decline, consisted of small states riddled by rivalries and plots. In this atmosphere, Ibn Khaldun entered public life and held different positions including those of "the seal bearer," secretary of state, ambassador, and judge. In 1382, he went toCairowhere he taught and served as a judge until his de ...more

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