Friday, June 08, 2007


Ibn Khaldoun Essay Contest offers up to USD$2000

Malaysia Think Tank London, UK, and Atlas Economic Research Foundation, USA, are offering prizes of up to USD$2000 in their 2007 Ibn Khaldoun Essay Contest (

Students under the age of 30 regardless of race or religion are invited to write essays that reflect their views about the relationship between economics and freedom within the Islamic context. Entrants can write about historical or modern-day economic policy or policies in enhancing or diminishing freedom and prosperity in their country or region. They may propose policy recommendations, emphasizing the principles of property rights, free trade, globalization, etc. within the context of Islamic economic thinking. We are particularly interested in practical policy prescriptions.

The contest is named after Ibn Khaldoun to honor the scholarly work of this prominent Islamic historian, economist, and sociologist of the 14 th century. His writings continue to inspire free-market scholars to this day, promoting the necessity of responsible government to promote economic prosperity and civilized nations.

Prizes are:

1st Prize Winner: USD$ 2,000
2nd Prize Winner: USD$ 1,000
3rd Prize Winner: USD$ 500
Two Honorable Mentions: USD$ 250 (each)

The winning essays will be posted on Atlas' and Malaysia Think Tank London's website, and on Azad - Atlas's newsletter about freedom. Winners will also be given priority to attend our regional leadership workshops in different parts of the Middle East, potentially in Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, and Morocco. Additionally, Malaysia Think Tank London will also compile the top 5 essays by Malaysians into a special publication.

Closing date is November 15th, 2007

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