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Applying Ibn Khaldūn


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Introduction. 1. The Errors of History and the New Science: Introduction to the Muqaddimah 2. Ibn Khaldun's Theory of State Formation 3. Ibn Khaldun and Modern Sociology: An Aborted Tradition 4. Pre-modern Readings and Applications of Ibn Khaldun 5. A Khaldunian Theory of Muslim Reform 6. Ibn Khaldun and the Ottoman Modes of Production 7. The Rise and Fall of the Safavid State in a Khaldunian Framework 8. A Khaldunian Perspective on Modern Arab States: Saudi Arabia and Syria 9. Towards a Khaldunian Sociology of the State 10. Bibliographic Remarks and Further Reading. Bibliography

About the Author

Syed Farid Alatas is Head of the Department of Malay Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. His books include Democracy and Authoritarianism: The Rise of the Post-Colonial State in Indonesia and Malaysia (Macmillan, 1997), Alternative Discourse in Asian Social Science: Responses to Eurocentrism (Sage, 2006) and Ibn Khaldun (Oxford University Press, 2012).


"Credit is due to Alatas for having advanced our understanding and now application of Ibn Khaldun within a cosmopolitan frame of reference"- Bruce B. Lawrence, Duke University, Middle East Journal

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