Governor of Asir Province Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, in his capacity as Director-General of the King Faisal Foundation, yesterday announced the 1424 (2004) winners of the Foundation’s annual international prizes in four of the five categories. The prize for Service to Islam will be announced at a later date. For Islamic Studies, the prize went jointly to Dr. Yacoub Abd Al-Wahab Al-Bahussein from Saudi Arabia and Dr. Ali Ahmad Ghulam Muhammad Nadvi from India, on the topic ‘Basis of Islamic Jurisprudence’. For Arabic literature, the winner was an Egyptian, Dr. Hussein Muhammad Nasser, on the topic ‘Preservation of Classical Arabic to the end of the 5th Century AH’. In the category of medicine, on the topic of invasive cardiology, the award went to Professor Ulrich Sigwart of Switzerland; and in that of the sciences, on biology, to Professor Samir Zaki of the United Kingdom.
Each winner will receive SR 750,000 [U.S. $ 200,267], a certificate in calligraphy outlining his achievements, and a commemorative 22-carat gold medallion. Full details are available at the KFF website, http://www.kff.com.