Ibn Khaldun

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Birthday
27, 1332
Birthplace
Tunisia
Death Date
Mar 19, 1406 (73)
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Birthday
27, 1332
Birthplace
Tunisia
Death Date
Mar 19, 1406 (73)

About

Remembered for his tremendous contributions to the modern fields of historiography (historical research methodology), economics, and sociology, this fourteenth-century Islamic Arab historian and philosopher laid out the theory of "asabiyah" (social unity) in his important 1377 work The Muqaddimah.

Before Fame

He received a superb early education, earning certificates in linguistics, Islamic law, philosophy, logic, and mathematics.

Trivia

He made significant contributions to the supply and demand and cyclical power of empires theories.

Family Life

Born in Tunisia, he and his brother, Yahya Khaldun, both pursued careers as historians. In the late 1340s, the siblings lost their parents to the bubonic plague (or "Black Death," as the disease was then known).

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Khaldun's work influenced the "Laffer Curve" theory of twentieth-century American economist Arthur Laffer.