RIYADH, Jan 11 (KUNA) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was
awarded on Monday with the King Faisal International Prize for his service to
Islam for the year 2010, while four other scholars won the prize for their
studies in various domains.
However, as for Studies Dealing with Religious Endowments (Waqf) in Islam
the prize for this year was withheld due to lack of the necessary requirement
to win such Prize.
The Secretary General of King Faisal International Prize Abdullah
Al-Othaimeen announced the winners in a press conference earlier today.
According to King Faisal International Prize, Erdogan's achievements, in
politics and administration, have set an example of judicious leadership in
the Islamic world.
Nationally, Erdogan has pioneered a major campaign of economic, social and
cultural reforms that paved the way for substantial national development and
placed Turkey among the world's leading countries, economically and
industrially, without compromising his ideals of democracy and justice, King
Faisal Prize said in a statement.
Other winners included Professor Abderrahman El-Houari Hadj-Saleh
(Algeria), Professor Ramzi Mounir Baalbaki (Lebanon), Professor Enrico
Bombieri (USA), Professor Terence Chi-Shen Tao (Australia), IBM von Neumann
Professor Institute for Advanced Study Princeton University, Professor
Reinhold Ganz (Germany), Professor Jean-Pierre Pelletier (Canada), Professor
Johanne Martel Pelletier (Canada), Chairman Emeritus, Orthopedics Department,
University of Bern.
A team of selected committees held meetings in the past to select the
winners in the award's branches of Islamic Studies, Arabic Language,
Literature, Medicine and Sciences.
The Prize subjects for the Arabic Hijra calendar the year of 1431 included
Islamic Studies, economic and social sides of the Islamic World during 10-13
Hijra centuries, Arabic Language, studies on tendencies of innovation in Arab
poetry up to the end of the seventh Hijra century, medicine, stem cell
treatment studies, and sciences, in chemistry. (end)
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