An Unpaid advertisment: The Atlas Foundation Ibn Khaldoun Contest


The Atlas Economic Research Foundation
announces the second annual essay contest about freedom in the Islamic
Societies.  This year’s theme addresses the relationship between
free-market economic policies and freedom in the Islamic societies.  

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

The Atlas Economic Research Foundation
was founded in 1981 by the late Sir Antony Fisher.  Headquartered in
Arlington, Virginia (USA), it is a non-profit organization that advances
freedom around the world by helping develop and strengthen a network
of market-oriented think tanks.

About the Contest:

The 2007 Ibn-Khaldoun invites young
people to write essays that reflect their views about the relationship
between economics and freedom within the Islamic context.  Students
are invited to 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 encourage you to be critical and
support your arguments with evidence or analysis.  Your conclusions
should lead to practical policy prescriptions.   


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

The winning essays will be posted on
our website and on Azad – Atlas’s newsletter
about freedom in the Middle East.

Winners will be given priority to attend
our regional leadership workshops in different parts of the Middle East,
potentially in Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, and Morocco.

Submission Guidelines: 

Entries should be no fewer than 800
words and no more than 1,400 words, typewritten, double-spaced, and
footnoted.  Submissions may be written in either English or Arabic.  

Who may join: 

The contest is open to university graduates,
or students: undergraduate and graduate levels, who are or below 30 years
of age.  Each contestant is required also to send a brief curriculum
vitae, summarizing his or her academic and, if it applies, work history.

All qualified individuals will be considered
for the contest, regardless of race, sex, national or ethnic origin,
citizenship, or religious affiliation.


All submissions must be received on
or before November 15th, 2007.

Submission to:


  1. Why “below 30 years of age”?

    Yet another ageist contest. Why can’t an 80-year old write a good essay and win a prize? What has the age of a writer to do with the quality of the writing?

  2. Atlas’s Middle East efforts work with people who are dynamic and want to bring change in the policy world. While it works with well-established institutes (older ones), and older intellecutuals as well, it directs some of its efforts to younger audiences. This contest allows it to identify young proactive individuals who bring hope to the region.

  3. hamra bardo says:


  4. John Cunningham says:

    Why would anyone want religious/idealogical influences to interfere with the free market forces. This is why all of the horse buggy whip factories went out of business, no one needed them anymore.

  5. if it helps, how can free market policies influence Islamic socieities. While in the Fraser and Heritage indices some countries such as Bahrain rank highly, most of the others are in the lower half. Countries that have freed their economies such as Hong Kong witnessed great growth in their wealth. How can Middle Eastern countries and other Muslim countries benefit from these experiences? This contest wants such great suggestions and practical recommendations.