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:

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This chapter discusses Ibn Khaldn's life in Egypt. Impressed by the splendour of Egypt, Ibn Khaldun settled in Cairo for the rest of his life. Although he chose to spend the rest of his life in Egypt, he maintained his Maghribi identity and affiliation with the North African Maliki school of Islam. Unlike other immigrants from North Africa who changed their dress, Ibn Khaldun remained true to his roots by continually wearing the judicial robes of a North African. His non-conformity made him standout which led to his promotion. While his skills as a negotiator between the tribe and the city served him in the past, his identity as a Maghbiri led him to become a valuable member of the Mamluk court and judicial system. The first section discusses his rise as a teacher and his promotion as a Maliki Qadi. The second section focuses on his pilgrimage following the death of his family and his signing of a fatwa and betrayal of the sultan on the advent of the Al-Nasiri rebellion. The third section discusses his demotion and isolation from the Mamluk court. Although he tried to regain the sultan's patronage, it was only a few months before the death of the sultan that he was installed again as a Maliki Qadi. The fourth section focuses on Ibn Khaldun's encounter with the conqueror Tamerlane while the last section discusses Ibn Khaldun's disillusionment and death.

Keywords: Egypt; Cairo; Maghribi identity; Mamluk court; Maliki Qadi; Al-Nasiri rebellion; Tamerlane

Chapter.  7747 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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