Ibn Khaldun The Statesman

Fromherz Allen James

in Ibn Khaldun

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780748639342
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653201 | DOI:
Ibn Khaldun The Statesman

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This chapter focuses on Ibn Khaldun's political ties and political involvement. Ibn Khaldun while he may support a particular ruler, he has a frequent attitude of ambivalence, especially toward rulers who did not meet his expectations. This attitude of ambivalence continued throughout most of his career. This chapter focuses on his political involvement from the period of Abu'inan, to that of Muhammad V. Nasrid amir of Granada, and to Ibn al-Khatib, the grand wazir of Granada. While the focus of this chapter is on the Ibn Khadun 's political involvement, the chapter also takes note of his observations of the upwelling and decline of dynasties, and the dependence of the unification of an empire on the combination of religious legitimacy and tribal solidarity ('asabiyya).

Keywords: Ibn Khaldun; political ties; political involvement; attitude of ambivalence; Abu'inan; Nasrid amir; Ibn al-Khatib; decline of dynasties; religious legitimacy; tribal solidarity

Chapter.  17935 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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