The Orange Trees of Marrakesh

As Stephen Dale shows, this work was the first structural history and historical sociology, four centuries before the European Enlightenment.

Author: Stephen Frederic Dale

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674495821

Category: History

Page: 310

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The Arab Muslim Ibn Khaldun developed a method of evaluating historical evidence that allowed him to explain the underlying causes of events such as the cyclical rise and fall of North African dynasties. As Stephen Dale shows, this work was the first structural history and historical sociology, four centuries before the European Enlightenment.

Ibn Khaldun

64. Abdesselam Cheddadi, Le Voyage d'Occident et d'Orient (Paris, 1980); Cheddadi, Ibn Khaldoun revisité (Casablanca, 1999). 65. Cheddadi, Ibn Khaldûn, p. 212. 66. Stephen Frederick Dale, The Orange Trees of Marrakesh: Ibn Khaldun and ...

Author: Robert Irwin

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691197098

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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The definitive account of the life and thought of the medieval Arab genius who wrote the Muqaddima Ibn Khaldun (1332–1406) is generally regarded as the greatest intellectual ever to have appeared in the Arab world—a genius who ranks as one of the world's great minds. Yet the author of the Muqaddima, the most important study of history ever produced in the Islamic world, is not as well known as he should be, and his ideas are widely misunderstood. In this groundbreaking intellectual biography, Robert Irwin provides an engaging and authoritative account of Ibn Khaldun's extraordinary life, times, writings, and ideas.

The Crisis of Kingship in Late Medieval Islam

The Orange Trees of Marrakesh: Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man. Boston: Harvard University Press, 2015. Daisuke, Igarashi. “The Financial Reforms of Sultan Qāytbāy.” Mamluk Studies Review 13, 1 (2009): 27–51.

Author: Christopher Markiewicz

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108492140

Category: History

Page: 362

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In the early sixteenth century, the political landscape of West Asia was completely transformed: of the previous four major powers, only one - the Ottoman Empire - continued to exist. Ottoman survival was, in part, predicated on transition to a new mode of kingship, enabling its transformation from regional dynastic sultanate to empire of global stature. In this book, Christopher Markiewicz uses as a departure point the life and thought of Idris Bidlisi (1457-1520), one of the most dynamic scholars and statesmen of the period. Through this examination, he highlights the series of ideological and administrative crises in the fifteenth-century sultanates of Islamic lands that gave rise to this new conception of kingship and became the basis for sovereign authority not only within the Ottoman Empire but also across other Muslim empires in the early modern period.

Magical Nights in Marrakesh

One guest would step into the centre of the circle, singing about the merits of Marrakesh using always the same melody. ... Marrakesh – city of orange trees; Mar- rakesh – city of jacaranda trees; Marrakesh – city engulfed in scorching ...

Author: Helene Brochett

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783735732408

Category: Fiction

Page: 120

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A business woman attempts to escape from her commitments for a while as they seem to close in around her. Her friend persuades her to accompany her to Marrakesh. The intended rest and relaxation almost imperceptibly transforms into a journey to another reality. At first, the colours, smells and lights draw her in, and then the hustle and bustle of the city with its beguiling mix of Oriental life combined with western influences increasingly fascinates her. The traveller makes friends with people who quickly become familiar, like characters in a dream, and they lead her to places and festivities where she experiences an incredible spirit, exhilaration and ecstasy. She learns to sense colours, and to perceive emotions with her body. The adventure seems to reconnect that indeterminable “something” that she had lost during her exhausting every day routine. All this bears great sensitivity towards visual and atmospheric stimuli. A tableau of the city unfolds before the inner eye of the reader through a story narrated with great attention to detail and a passionate and knowledgeable description of Marrakesh's attractions, so much that this book could also be regarded as an ideal travel guide.


Dar Kadiri It is said that this is the way things are ; there is a path , orange trees and cypress trees ; here is a fountain , a marble pool , a zellij star . But when one has said all that , and located each object , the orange tree ...

Author: Quentin Wilbaux


ISBN: 2867701309

Category: Design

Page: 383

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There are two cities in Marrakesh - the first, the capital, is geometrically and secretly laid out.

Arts of Allusion

For example, see Stephen F. Dale, The Orange Trees of Marrakesh: Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015); Stephen F. Dale, “Ibn Khaldun: The Last Greek and the First Annaliste Historian,” ...

Author: Margaret S. Graves

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190695934

Category: Art

Page: 320

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The art of the object reached unparalleled heights in the medieval Islamic world, yet the intellectual dimensions of ceramics, metalwares, and other plastic arts in this milieu have not always been acknowledged. Arts of Allusion reveals the object as a crucial site where pre-modern craftsmen of the eastern Mediterranean and Persianate realms engaged in fertile dialogue with poetry, literature, painting, and, perhaps most strikingly, architecture. Lanterns fashioned after miniature shrines, incense burners in the form of domed monuments, earthenware jars articulated with arches and windows, inkwells that allude to tents: through close studies of objects from the ninth to the thirteenth centuries, this book reveals that allusions to architecture abound across media in the portable arts of the medieval Islamic world. Arts of Allusion draws upon a broad range of material evidence as well as medieval texts to locate its subjects in a cultural landscape where the material, visual, and verbal realms were intertwined. Moving far beyond the initial identification of architectural types with their miniature counterparts in the plastic arts, Margaret Graves develops a series of new frameworks for exploring the intelligent art of the allusive object. These address materiality, representation, and perception, and examine contemporary literary and poetic paradigms of metaphor, description, and indirect reference as tools for approaching the plastic arts. Arguing for the role of the intellect in the applied arts and for the communicative potential of ornament, Arts of Allusion asserts the reinstatement of craftsmanship into Islamic intellectual history.

The Timbuktu School for Nomads

Dale, Stephen Frederic, The Orange Trees of Marrakesh: Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015). Davidson, Robyn, Tracks (London: Picador, 1980). Deakin, Roger, Wildwood: A Journey through Trees ...

Author: Nicholas Jubber

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781857889246

Category: Travel

Page: 336

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The Sahara: a dream-like, far away landscape of Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, The English Patient and Star Wars, and home to nomadic communities whose ways of life stretch back millennia. Today it's a teeth-janglingly dangerous destination, where the threat of jihadists lurks just over the horizon. Following in the footsteps of 16th century traveller Leo Africanus, Nicholas Jubber went on a turbulent adventure to the forgotten places of North Africa and the legendary Timbuktu. Once the seat of African civilization and home to the richest man who ever lived, this mythic city is now scarred by terrorist occupation and is so remote its own inhabitants hail you with the greeting, 'Welcome to the middle of nowhere'. From the cattle markets of the Atlas, across the Western Sahara and up the Niger river, Nicholas joins the camps of the Tuareg, Fulani, Berbers, and other communities, to learn about their craft, their values and their place in the world. The Timbuktu School for Nomads is a unique look at a resilient city and how the nomads pit ancient ways of life against the challenges of the 21st century.

Insight Guides Pocket Marrakesh Travel Guide eBook

Garden city From its foundation, Marrakech was a city of gardens. A growing population has meant that there are now few public green spaces inside the medina, but many riads have fig, palm or orange trees in their courtyards.

Author: Insight Guides

Publisher: Apa Publications (UK) Limited

ISBN: 9781786715524

Category: Travel

Page: 144

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Marrakesh is arguably the most exotic, mysterious and enchanting place this close to Europe. With its stunning natural setting and rich history this city incites love at first sight. Be inspired to visit by the brand new Insight Pocket Guide Marrakesh, a concise, full-color guide to this enchanting place that combines lively text with vivid photography to highlight the best that Marrakesh has to offer. Inside Insight Pocket Guide Marrakesh: Where To Go takes you from Downtown out to the coast. Take in the beautiful historical monuments which are often places of peace and tranquility. Alternatively, if you fancy something more lively head into the fabulous Jemaa el-Fna which is the heart and soul of the city and one of the liveliest places in Morocco. Additionally, in order to get a real sense of the culture in Marrakech a trip to the quieter northern part of the medina is a beautiful spot full of down-to-earth food markets and some of the best restaurants in the medina. Top 10 Attractions gives a run-down of the best sights to take in on your trip, including the Majorelle Gardens, the Saadian Tombs and also the Qurika Valley. Perfect Day provides an itinerary for one day in the city. What To Do is a snapshot of ways to spend your spare time, from endless shopping opportunities to relaxing in the traditional Hammam (turkish bath) , plus a buzzing nightlife. Essential information on Marrakesh culture, including a brief history of the city. Eating Out covers the cities best cuisine. Curated listings of the best hotels and restaurants. A-Z of all the practical information you'll need. About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure. 'Insight Guides has spawned many imitators but is still the best of its type.' - Wanderlust Magazine

How Knowledge Moves

Stephen Frederic Dale, The Orange Trees of Marrakesh: Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015). 24. Michael A. Osborne, Nature, the Exotic, and the Science of French Colonialism (Bloomington: ...

Author: John Krige

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226605999

Category: Science

Page: 452

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Knowledge matters, and states have a stake in managing its movement to protect a variety of local and national interests. The view that knowledge circulates by itself in a flat world, unimpeded by national boundaries, is a myth. The transnational movement of knowledge is a social accomplishment, requiring negotiation, accommodation, and adaptation to the specificities of local contexts. This volume of essays by historians of science and technology breaks the national framework in which histories are often written. Instead, How Knowledge Moves takes knowledge as its central object, with the goal of unraveling the relationships among people, ideas, and things that arise when they cross national borders. This specialized knowledge is located at multiple sites and moves across borders via a dazzling array of channels, embedded in heads and hands, in artifacts, and in texts. In the United States, it shapes policies for visas, export controls, and nuclear weapons proliferation; in Algeria, it enhances the production of oranges by colonial settlers; in Vietnam, it facilitates the exploitation of a river delta. In India it transforms modes of agricultural production. It implants American values in Latin America. By concentrating on the conditions that allow for knowledge movement, these essays explore travel and exchange in face-to-face encounters and show how border-crossings mobilize extensive bureaucratic technologies.

The Near East

Dale, S. F., The Orange Trees of Marrakesh. Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man, Cambridge, MA, 2015. Edmondson, Jonathan et al. (eds), Flavius Josephus and Flavian Rome, Oxford, 2003. Elias, Jamal J., Aisha's Cushion.

Author: Arthur Cotterell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9781849049351

Category: History

Page: 355

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This ambitious and wide-ranging popular history is the first narrative account of the entire Near East (Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States), from the genesis of civilization in the fourth millennium BCE until modern times. It provides an historical outline of the civilizations and cultures that dominated the region, one that has had an immense impact on the development of humankind, ever since the ancient Sumerians invented urban living and writing around 3200 BCE. Later, the Babylonians and the Assyrians built upon the Sumerian legacy. They were the world's earliest great powers, whose actions in the cradle of monotheism influenced Judaism and, eventually, Christianity and Islam. The Near East discusses the long eras of Arab, Persian and Ottoman rule, and the destabilizing intervention of Western colonial powers. Cotterell's book is a timely reminder of how historical events have shaped the outlooks of various peoples, just as political turbulence in the Near East is challenging both neighboring countries and the wider world.