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Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 May 2022

Carl F. Petry
Affiliation:
Northwestern University, Illinois
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In 784H/1382CE, North African historian and political philosopher Ibn Khaldun (d. 808/1406) arrived in Alexandria, Egypt’s Mediterranean port, ostensibly on his way to pilgrimage in Mecca but in fact as a refugee from political controversy in the Maghrib. Ibn Khaldun’s fame had preceded him, and the reigning Sultan, al-Zahir Barquq, appointed him senior judge of the Maliki school of Islamic law in Cairo, the first of several prestigious offices he would hold as a jurist and scholar. Ibn Khaldun spent the rest of his life in the city revising his monumental history of North Africa and the central Islamic lands, Kitāb al-ʿibar. Ibn Khaldun is known to the modern world primarily for his analysis of social structures in a volume titled al-Muqaddima fi’l-taʾrīkh (Introduction to History), which he wrote as an explanatory preamble to his larger work (cf. Chapter 6).

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The Mamluk Sultanate
A History
, pp. 1 - 4
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Introduction
  • Carl F. Petry, Northwestern University, Illinois
  • Book: The Mamluk Sultanate
  • Online publication: 05 May 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108557382.002
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  • Introduction
  • Carl F. Petry, Northwestern University, Illinois
  • Book: The Mamluk Sultanate
  • Online publication: 05 May 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108557382.002
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  • Introduction
  • Carl F. Petry, Northwestern University, Illinois
  • Book: The Mamluk Sultanate
  • Online publication: 05 May 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108557382.002
Available formats
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