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Ibn Khaldun (d. 1406) on Sensationalist Historical Writing

“It is the common desire for sensationalism…[that] leads to the failure to exercise self-criticism about one’s errors and intentions, to demand from oneself moderation and fairness in reporting, to reapply oneself to study and research. Such historians let themselves go and made a feast of untrue statements. “They procure for themselves entertaining stories in order to lead (others) astray” [Q. 31:5]. This is a bad enough business.”–Ibn Khaldun, “al-Muqaddimah” (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1967), trans. Franz Rosenthahl, pp. 13-14.

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1 Comment

  1. Mechacontext says:

    Lol @ “feast of untrue statements”

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