Ibn Khaldun’s Main Five Works
Prof. Hasan A. Yahya, Ph.Ds الدكتور حسن يحيى
In about his twentieth year, he attempted, under the influence of al-Abili, to make a resume of the theologico-philosophical ‘summa’ of al-Razi entitled Kitab Muhassal afqar al-mutaqaddimin wa ‘l-muta’-akhkhirin min al-‘ulama’ wa ‘l-hukama’ wa ‘l-muta-kallimin (Cairo 1905), an outline which is a condensation of all the Arabo-Muslim cultural tradition concerning the problems of dogma and its philosophical repercussions. This resume, entitled Lubab al-Muhassal fi usul al-din (Tetuan 1952: autograph manuscript dated 29 ‘afar 752/28 May 1351, Escorial no. 1614), shows a direction of thought which Ibn khaldun was never to lose completely.
It should also be remembered that Ibn khaldun had stressed in his Ta’rif the studious nature of his period at Fez and at Granada. During this period, that is between 752-65/1351-64, the date at which Ibn al-khatib’s Ihata was finished (to which we owe the following information), he wrote five works: (1) a commentary on the Burda [q.v.] of al-Busiri; (2) an outline of logic; (3) a treatise on arithmetic; (4) several resumes of works by Ibn Rushd, though unfortunately it is not known which ones; and (5) a commentary on a poem by Ibn al-khatib on the usul al-fiqh. All these works are now lost, and indeed seem to have been quickly forgotten even during the author’s lifetime. Ibn khaldun does not even mention them in his Ta’rif, and his Egyptian biographers do not appear to have heard of them. (M. Talbi, H. A. Yahya). www.arabamericanencyclopedia.com
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