Ibn Al-Athir’s philosophy of history in Al-kamil fi al-tarikh

Azmul Fahimi Kamaruzaman, Norsaeidah Jamaludin, Ahmad Faathin Mohd Fadzil

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Ibn al-Athir was a Muslim historian in the 6-7th century AH/12-13th century AD and renowned for his masterpiece entitled al-Kamil fi al-tarikh. The content structure of al-Kamil is divided into two which are, first, ‘Muqaddimah’ section containing the principles and concepts of history of Ibn al-Athir and, second, narrative section containing information and historical events which dominate almost all of al-Kamil. This article is intended for discussion on the philosophy of history in the ‘Muqaddimah’ section to understand Ibn al-Athir’s ideas about history in al-Kamil. The discussion applies a document analysis method and historiography approach. Results found that there were three forms of philosophy of history of Ibn al-Athir. First, tazkirah (reminder) is a reminder for mankind of historical events that happened. Second, sahih (authentic) is a selection technique of factual historical content. Third, tamm (completeness or perfection) as a process of scrutiny and observation before a narration is chosen and written. These three indirectly underlie the whole historiography of al-Kamil and form Ibn al-Athir’s ideas of philosophy of history in al-Kamil fi al-tarikh.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-34
Number of pages7
JournalAsian Social Science
Volume11
Issue number23
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StatePublished - 1 Oct 2015

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  • Al-Kamil fi al-tarikh
  • Historiography
  • Ibn al-Athir
  • Philosophy of history

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Ibn Al-Athir’s philosophy of history in Al-kamil fi al-tarikh. / Kamaruzaman, Azmul Fahimi; Jamaludin, Norsaeidah; Fadzil, Ahmad Faathin Mohd.

In: Asian Social Science, Vol. 11, No. 23, 01.10.2015, p. 28-34.

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Kamaruzaman, Azmul Fahimi; Jamaludin, Norsaeidah; Fadzil, Ahmad Faathin Mohd / Ibn Al-Athir’s philosophy of history in Al-kamil fi al-tarikh.

In: Asian Social Science, Vol. 11, No. 23, 01.10.2015, p. 28-34.

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