Ibn Khaldun

1332 - 1406

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Ibn Khaldun (; Arabic: أبو زيد عبد الرحمن بن محمد بن خلدون الحضرمي‎, Abū Zayd ‘Abd ar-Raḥmān ibn Muḥammad ibn Khaldūn al-Ḥaḍramī; 27 May 1332 – 17 March 1406) was a Amazigh arab sociologist, philosopher and historian who has been described as the founder of the modern disciplines of historiography, sociology, economics, and demography. Niccolò Machiavelli of the Renaissance and the 19th-century European scholars widely acknowledged the significance of his works and considered Ibn Khaldun to be one of the greatest philosophers of the Middle Ages.His best-known book, the Muqaddimah or Prolegomena ("Introduction"), which he wrote in six months as he states in his autobiography, influenced 17th-century Ottoman historians like Kâtip Çelebi, Ahmed Cevdet Pasha and Mustafa Naima, who used its theories to analyze the growth and decline of the Ottoman Empire. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ibn Khaldun has received more than 2,023,619 page views. His biography is available in 120 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 118 in 2019). Ibn Khaldun is the 2nd most popular historian, the 2nd most popular biography from Tunisia and the most popular Tunisian Historian.

Ibn Khaldun is best known for his book, "The Muqaddimah." In it, he discusses the rise and fall of civilizations.

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Among historians, Ibn Khaldun ranks 2 out of 341Before him are Herodotus. After him are Thucydides, Sima Qian, Tacitus, Livy, Xenophon, Josephus, Polybius, Suetonius, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Diodorus Siculus.

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Among people born in 1332, Ibn Khaldun ranks 1After him are John V Palaiologos, Charles II of Navarre, Xu Da, Frederick III, Landgrave of Thuringia, Vladislaus II of Opole, and William Langland. Among people deceased in 1406, Ibn Khaldun ranks 1After him are Pope Innocent VII, Tokhtamysh, Henry III of Castile, Claus Sluter, Robert III of Scotland, Coluccio Salutati, William, Duke of Austria, Eustache Deschamps, Joanna, Duchess of Brabant, Maria de Luna, and Çandarlızade Ali Pasha.

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Among people born in Tunisia, Ibn Khaldun ranks 2 out of 163Before him are Hannibal (-183). After him are Claudia Cardinale (1938), Tertullian (155), Terence (-185), Hamilcar Barca (-275), Cyprian (200), Zine El Abidine Ben Ali (1936), Aemilianus (207), Habib Bourguiba (1903), Gordian II (190), and Hasdrubal Barca (-300).

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Among historians born in Tunisia, Ibn Khaldun ranks 1