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Ibn Khaldun's Muqaddimah (published 1377AD), **help needed, please read**

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Dear Brothers/Sisters,

i have recently started reading, the Muqaddimah of Ibn Khaldun, which is a book written by the North African historian Ibn Khaldun in 1377 which records an early Muslim view of universal history. Some modern thinkers view it as the first work dealing with the philosophy of history and the social sciences of sociology, demography,historiography and cultural history. It is also seen as one of the forerunners of modern economics. The Muqaddimah also deals with Islamic theology, political theory and the natural sciences of biology and chemistry. Ibn Khaldun wrote the work in 1377 as the preface or first book of his planned world history, the Kitab al-Ibar (lit. Book of Advice), the book examines events up to the point when it was written (which was in the golden age). i am hoping to gain insight into the modes of governance and economic management we had developed by the 13th century, so i can examine Pakistan's current problems from that angle.

the problem is, i can only find a English translation. i was hoping to find a Urdu translation as it is a closer language to Arabic then English hence the translation would be better. would any one be able to help me in establishing whether this book was ever translated into Urdu?

full description: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muqaddimah

Complete Text of Muqaddimah [English translation]: http://www.muslimphilosophy.com/ik/Muqaddimah/

any help would be much appreciated, even if you guys could direct me towards Pakistani librarians etc, that would also greatly help.

thanks in advance guys.

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There are no good Urdu translations, in fact there are very few complete Arabic editions of the work available. Your best bet is the English translation by Franz Rosenthal which is the most complete scholarly version based on three best extant manuscripts. There are two versions available, the larger one published in four hefty volumes which may only be found in better academic libraries and the shorter abridged edition which appears to be the the text uploaded online in the link you've provided. If you must have an Urdu translation then there is a much truncated edition published by Ferozesons, Lahore.

The full edition is available from the Princeton University Press: http://press.princeton.edu/titles/1208.html

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