Strengthening the Tunisian-American Relations

The Ibn Khaldun Award©

The Ibn Khaldun Award©

Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406)

Life-size bronze bust sculpture of Ibn Khaldun that is part of the collection at the Arab American National Museum. (Catalog Number 2010.02), an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.
Commissioned by The Tunisian American Center and Created by Patrick Morelli of Albany, NY  in 2009, it was inspired by the statue of Ibn Khaldun erected at the Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis, Tunisia.


In 1999, when the Tunisian American Center was founded, its mission was inspired by the universal stature of Ibn Khaldun and his ideas about kinship, solidarity and the relationship between culture and environment.

To honor Ibn Khaldun’s scholarly legacy, the organization established in 2004 an Award Program named after him. The Program was also intended to highlight the value of our community and promote its positive role models.

The Award recognizes those who “do well and do good”:

1) high achievers  and

2) whose endeavor constitutes a direct or indirect service to the community.

The Award is presented at a formal ceremony during the annual Tunisian American Day© celebration that takes place around the birthday anniversary of Ibn Khaldun (May 27th).


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