New York University’s Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S.-The West and the Institute of French Studies will host a lecture and discussion, “Ibn Khaldun: Philosopher of Societies, Civilizations, and Empires,” on Tues., Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at NYU’s La Maison Française (16 Washington Mews at University Place). Subway Lines: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place).

The event, part of a worldwide celebration commemorating the 600th anniversary of the death of the renowned Muslim philosopher Ibn Khaldun, will feature a lecture by Abdesselam Cheddadi, a professor in the Faculty of Educational Sciences at the University Muhammad V in Rabat, Morocco and one of the world’s foremost experts on Ibn Khaldun. Richard Bulliet, a professor of history at the Middle East Institute at Columbia University, will deliver follow-up remarks. The talks will be delivered in English and French with interpretation.

The event is free and open to the public, which must RSVP to 212.998.8693 or Reporters interested in attending should contact James Devitt, Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or

A program of New York University, Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S.-The West emerged from the tragedy of September 11th, which highlighted the need for greater communication among and about the United States, Europe, and the Muslim world. Dialogues was founded as a forum for constructive debate between the various religious, intellectual, economic, and political sectors of American, European, and Islamic societies. The program brings contentious issues between the Islamic world and the West into a more rational plane and promotes this approach to a wide audience, including the important constituencies of policy and decision-makers, policy analysts, the media, and educational institutions.

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