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Waseem El-Rayes

Bio: Waseem El-Rayes is an academic researcher. The author has contributed to research in topics: Islamic philosophy. The author has an hindex of 1, co-authored 1 publications receiving 1 citations.

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24 Jul 2008
TL;DR: El-Rayes as discussed by the authors provided a critical analysis of Ibn Khaldun's original introduction to his Kitab al-Ibar and explained the political objectives behind his concern with the study of history.
Abstract: Title of Dissertation: The Political Aspects of Ibn Khaldun’s Study of Culture and History Waseem El-Rayes, Doctor of Philosophy, 2008 Dissertation Directed By: Professor Charles E. Butterworth Department of Government and Politics The fourteenth-century scholar ‘Abd al-Rahmān Ibn Muhammad ibn Khaldun proclaims in his Muqaddima the establishment of a new science called the science of culture (‘ilm al-‘umrān). The primary subject of investigation of this science is aspects of human social organization. The ostensible purpose of this science is to provide historians with new analytical tools to verify historical reports. This dissertation provides a critical analysis of Ibn Khaldun’s original introduction to his Kitāb al-‘Ibar. Though my primary focus will be on the original introduction, my analysis will be informed and supported by the main text of the Muqaddima. The purpose of this analysis is to point out the political aspects of Ibn Khaldun’s science of culture and hence to explain the political objectives behind his concern with the study of history. THE POLITICAL ASPECTS OF IBN KHALDUN’S STUDY OF CULTURE AND HISTORY

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