Abdul Rahman Ibn Khaldun was an influential North African Muslim thinker of the 14th century. Born in Tunis in 1332, Khaldun served the government of the day in many ways. He lived in Marrakesh in Morocco for a time. Then he moved to Cairo and died there as a judge in 1406.
Two of the books Khaldun wrote are Muqaddimah (Proglemena) and Autobiography.
Ibn Khaldun is the most important figure in the field of History and Sociology in Muslim History. He is one of those shining stars that contributed so richly to the understanding of Civilization. In order for one to understand and appreciate his work, one must understand his life. He lived a life in search of stability and influence. He came from a family of scholars and politicians and he intended to live up to both expectations. He would succeed in the field of Scholarship much more so than in any other field.