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The purpose of this volume is to introduce the Arab historian and sociologist Ibn Khaldun to English-speaking readers by selecting from his Prolegomena passages chosen and grouped so as to present his views on subjects such as: History, Geography, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Education, Metaphysics, and so on.

      The present work is intended not primarily for the specialized Arabic scholar, but rather for the student of Political, Economic, and Sociological doctrines, as well as for those who are interested in the Arab world and who wish to learn something of its intellectual background. Hence, while accuracy has never been deliberately sacrificed, an attempt has been made to present Ibn Khaldun's thought in a style and terminology familiar to students of the social sciences and to avoid a literal translation which might obscure the depth and originality-one might almost say the modernity-of his theories.