Governor of Asir Province Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, who is Director-General of the King Faisal Foundation and chair of the International Prize committee, today announced the winners of the 25th competition in three of the five categories. The winner in the category of Service to Islam was announced last Saturday, and the category for Islamic Studies, on the topic of the objectives of Islamic legislation, was withheld, none of the nominated works meeting the requirements of the prize. Prince Khalid observed that the King Faisal International Prizes are internationally recognized as contributing to humanitarian services and enhancing knowledge and research. After reviewing the Foundation's achievements since its inception in 1979 in memory of King Faisal bin Abdulaziz, he spoke of the establishment of a private academic institution, which, he said, will be "a model university in the Kingdom in all faculties of science, technology, literature and civilization". For full details of the awards for 1422, see the King Faisal Foundation web site
The 1422 prize in the category of Service to Islam was awarded to His Highness Shaikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, who is Ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah and member of the Higher Council of the United Arab Emirates. As a devoted Muslim leader and philanthropist, Shaikh Sultan has fostered numerous educational, social, health care, and housing projects that have benefited Muslim communities throughout the world. He has relentlessly emphasized the values of Islam and spared no effort in implementing its teachings.
In the category of Arabic Literature, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the study of modern Palestinian literature, the award went jointly to Professor Houssam Al-Din Amin Al-Khateeb of Syria, Professor of Arabic Literature at the University of Damascus; and Professor Husni Mahmoud Hussein of Jordan, Professor of Arabic Literature at Al-Yarmouk University in Amman.
In medicine, on the topic of the pathophysiology of chronic heart failure, the co-winners are Professor Finn Waagstein of Sweden, Professor of Cardiology at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital; and Professor Eugene Braunwald of the United States, Professor of Cardiology at Harvard Medical School.
In science, in the field of mathematics, the co-winners are Professor Yuri I. Manin of the Russian Federation, Director of the Max-Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, Germany; and Dr. Peter Williston Shor of the United States, from the AT & T Shannon Research Laboratory.
The topics for the 1423 King Faisal International Prize are: in Islamic studies, the history of Islamic economics; in Arabic literature, the definitions of literary and critical terms of Arabic literature; in medicine, breast cancer; and in science, chemistry. The deadline for all nominations is May 31, 2002.