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  • Ibn Khaldūn was an Arab Muslim historiographer and historian, regarded to be among the founding fathers of modern sociology, historiography and economics. He is best known for his book The Muqaddimah. The book influenced 17th-century Ottoman historians like Ḥajjī Khalīfa and Mustafa Naima who used the theories in the book to analyze the growth and decline of the Ottoman Empire. 19th-century European scholars also acknowledged the significance of the book and considered Ibn Khaldun as one of the greatest philosophers to come out of the Muslim world.

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