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Leon Carl Brown (born 1928) is an emeritus professor of history at Princeton University.[1] Brown graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1950.[2] He taught at Princeton from 1966 to 1993, specializing in the Near East and the Arab world. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1973. He has authored and edited numerous scholarly publications, and won the 2005 Arkansas Arabic Translation Award for his translation of "Consult Them in the Matter" which is a treatise by Ahmad ibn Abi Diyaf, the 19th-century Tunisian bureaucrat and reformer about Ibn Khaldun's muqaddima.[3]

Selected worksEdit

  • Tunisia: The Politics of Modernization (co-author; 1964)
  • State and Society in Independent North Africa (editor; 1966)
  • The Surest Path — The Political Treatise of a Nineteenth-Century Muslim Statesman (translator, with commentary; 1967)
  • From Madina to Metropolis: Heritage and Change in the Near Eastern City (editor; 1973)
  • The Tunisia of Ahmad Bey (author; 1975)
  • Psychological Dimensions of Near Eastern Studies (co-editor; 1977)
  • International Politics in the Middle East: Old Rules, Dangerous Game (author; 1984)
  • Centerstage: American Diplomacy Since World War II (editor; 1990)
  • The Modernization of the Ottoman Empire and Its Afro-Asian Successors (co-editor; 1992)
  • Imperial Legacy: The Ottoman Imprint on the Balkans and the Middle East (editor; 1996)
  • Franco-Arab Encounters (co-editor; 1996)
  • Religion and State: The Muslim Approach to Politics (author; 2000)
  • Diplomacy in the Middle East: The International Relations of Regional and Outside Powers (editor; 2001, revised edition 2004)
  • Consult Them in the Matter: A Nineteenth-Century Islamic Argument for Constitutional Government (translator, with commentary; 2005)


  1. ^ Faculty profile, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University Archived 2011-05-14 at the Wayback Machine
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  3. ^ "Consult Them in the Matter | University of Arkansas Press". Retrieved 2017-12-06.