The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) launched an initiative to renovate the house of the scholar Abd al-Rahman Ibn Khaldoun in the centre of Tunis, as part of its new vision and future strategy, which adopts the protection and preservation of heritage in the Islamic world countries.
Dr Salem bin Mohammed Al-Malik, Director-General of ISESCO, announced the initiative during his speech at the closing ceremony of the 2019 Tunis Capital of Islamic Culture event, which was held in the city of Culture in the Tunisian capital on Thursday evening.
Dr Al-Malek said in his speech: “I recall that we are facing significant digital cultural challenges and transformations that we must accompany and deal with, invest in cultural diplomacy, value cultural capital, and export our Enlightenment culture. A good example of this is our determination to renovate the house of the scholar Ibn Khaldoun in Tunis and endeavour to obtain the necessary financial resources for that. “
The announcement of the initiative by the Director-General of ISESCO was favourably echoed with warm applause from the attendance of the celebration, led by Dr Mohamed Zine El Abidine, Minister of Cultural Affairs of Tunisia, and heads of delegations of Islamic countries to the eleventh conference of ministers of culture, which was held in Tunis on December 17.
Ibn Khaldoun is considered one of the most important philosophers, historians and sociologists in Arab history. He studied in a mosque only a few meters away from his hometown in the centre of Tunis, where he spent most of his life, and also lived in Egypt for nearly a quarter of a century, until he died there In March 1406, at the age of 76, he was buried in cemeteries outside Bab al-Nasr, near the Abbasiyya neighbourhood.
Ibn Khaldun left many works and writings. Many studies wrote about his biography and his knowledge and his relics turned into references in philosophy, history and literature, and Ibn Khaldoun’s “Al Mokaddima” is still his largest work.
TunisianMonitorOnline (Douha Essaafi)