The book is one of the most authentic writings. The writer has given details in a very precise and laconic way briefing minutes details in systematic manner. The intellctual legacy of Ibn Khaldun is unique among the works of Muslim thought and, notwithstanding the lapse of centuries, still maintains its value, vigor and modernity and occupies a high place among the monuments of world thoughts.
As a politician, Ibn Khaldun was an opportunist as he seized opportunities using all sorts of means and methods, and to him the end justified the means. His style of reconciliation, letters drafting, pros and poetry-eulogy stands very high in the annals of Muslim thought and chronology.
He is indeed the one great personality in the history of a civilization whose social life on the whole was 'solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short'. In his chosen field of intellectual activity he appears to have been inspired by no predecessors, and to have found no kindred souls among his contemporaries, and to have kindled no answering spark of inspiration in any successors ; and yet, in the Prolegomena (Muqaddimat) to his Universal History he has conceived and formulated a philosophy of history which is undoubtedly the greatest work of its kind that has ever yet been created by any mind in any time or place. It was his single brief 'acquiescence' from a life of practical activity that gave Ibn Khaldun his opportunity to cast his creative thought into literary shape..
Inspired by Ibn Khaldun's method, the writer tells the historian's life in a balanced way. Supported by a strong literature study, this book presents the life of Ibn Khaldun as he is.
By doing so, this book becomes a kind of mirror of the life of Ibn Khaldun. With this mirror we hope to see the extent to which the progress and development of science from him to the present
|Title||Ibn Khaldūn: His Life and Works|
|Author||Mohammad Abdullah Enan|
|Publisher||The Other Press, 2007|