The General Secretariat of the King Faisal Foundation today announced the names of the winners of the King Faisal International Prize for this year as follows:
The King Faisal Prize for Arabic literature was not awarded this year, because the candidates' work did not meet the targeted objectives.
Speaking on the occasion, Director-General of the King Faisal Foundation Prince Khalid Al-Faisal expressed pride at the distinguished attention given to the foundation by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz and by Crown Prince Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz. He observed that in this, the twentieth year that the prize has been awarded, there is even greater determination to pursue objectivity.
Dr. Mahathir bin Mohammad, Prime Minister of Malaysia, received his prize for Service to Islam because of his great efforts in this field, being considered a living example of Islamic leadership that combines Islamic values and attitudes with modern aspects of civilization; this has made his country a prominent one in terms of economic and technological progress. He has, moreover, demonstrated wise policies highlighting Islam's tolerance and comprehensiveness; this has deepened the bonds of affection between Muslims and non-Muslims in his country. In addition, he has set up a number of Islamic institutions such as the International Islamic University, the Islamic Center, the Islamic Bank, and the Islamic Economic Development Foundation. He has also made outstanding efforts to enhance Islamic organizations' conciliatory activities among Muslims, and has supported Islamic minorities, particularly in South East Asia, in their efforts to gain their legitimate rights.
Dr. Abdulkareem Zaidan won the prize for Islamic studies, this year on the topic of the status of women in Islam, for his 11-volume work entitled 'A Detailed Study of Women and Family in Islamic Law'.