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Food in Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah
Anthropological theory, Ibn Khaldun, food, Muqaddimah, narrative, universal history
I examine the place of food in Muqaddimah, written by late 14th century North African Arab thinker Ibn Khaldun. Muqaddimah is a founding source of anthropological theory, and an early attempt at universal history. Through a narrative integrating selected extracts from the source, I show that food, for Ibn Khaldun, is at the root of humanity and society.