by Yves Lacoste, translated by David Macey
Lacoste then turns his attention to Ibn Khaldun’s majestic Universal History, arguably the greatest single synthesis produced by medieval thought anywhere. His account of Ibn Khaldun’s thought is a remarkable, sympathetic work of recovery, not only uncovering its basic categories but exploring its contemporary relevance to an understanding of the Arab world.
Thinkers as diverse as Ernest Gellner and Arnold Toynbee have paid tribute to the lasting fertility of Ibn Khaldun’s work. English-speaking readers now have an opportunity to appreciate some of the richness and diversity of the Arab intellectual heritage.
About the Contributors:
Yves Lacoste is an eminent and internationally respected geographer. He is the editor of a well-known French journal, Hérodote, and the author of a number of works including The Geography of Underdevelopment and Unity and Diversity of the Third World.
David Macey translated some twenty books from French to English. He was the author of Lacan in Context, the acclaimed The Lives of Michel Foucault, The Penguin Dictionary of Critical Theory and Frantz Fanon: A Biography. He died in October 2011.