The Superiority of Historical Studies
The superiority of history over all other sciences is obvious. The loftiness of its status is recognized by any person of intelligence. None can master it nor gain certainty as to what it includes nor receive and transmit it except one who has devoted his life to knowledge, grasped its true meaning, tasted its fruits, felt its dignity and experienced the pleasure it bestows.
– Ya’qubi (d. ca. 897)