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Harvard University Press

Orange Trees of Marrakesh: Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man

Stephen Frederic Dale




In this work, Ibn Khaldun emerges as a cultured urban intellectual and professional religious judge who demanded his fellow Muslim historians abandon their worthless tradition of narrative historiography and instead base their works on a philosophically informed understanding of social organizations. His strikingly modern approach to historical research established him as the premodern world’s preeminent historical scholar.