Turkey’s Erdogan wins King Faisal International Prize for Service to Islam

Prince Khalid Al-Faisal expresses thanks, appreciation to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Crown Prince, Second Deputy Premier for their sponsorship of KFIP, prize

Winners of KFIP prize named

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) for Service to Islam this year (1430H - 2010G).

In a press conference, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the Governor of Makkah Region, who is the Director of King Faisal Foundation and Chairman of the Prize's Commission expressed his thanks to and appreciation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, and Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, the Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior for all attention and care being provided to the Foundation and the Prize.

Earlier the Prize's Secretary General Dr. Abdullah Al-Othaimeen announced in a speech the winners of King Faisal International Prize.

The winners of the Prize are the following:

The Prize for Service to Islam has been awarded to Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan whose achievements, in political and administrative terms, have set an example of judicious leadership in the Islamic world.

Erdogan's contributions during his tenure as mayor of Istanbul have been instrumental to the progress of that city.

Following his election as Prime Minister of Turkey, he embarked on a series of reforms that quickly established him as a statesman of enormous dimension, while his unyielding position on various Islamic and global issues has gained him the respect of the entire Islamic nation and the rest of the 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.

With the strong support of his citizens, he has also rendered an outstanding service to Islam by fiercely defending the rights and just causes of the Islamic nation, particularly the rights of the Palestinian people.

At the global level, Erdogan was one of the Muslim founders of the call for understanding between civilizations, and a strong advocate of dialogue, peaceful co-existence and international cooperation between different cultures throughout the world.

The King Faisal International Prize for Science (Mathematics) for the year 1430H - 2010G has been awarded jointly to:

- Professor Enrico Bombieri (USA), IBM von Neumann Professor Institute for Advanced Study Princeton University;

- Professor Terence Chi-Shen Tao (Australia), James and Carol Collins Chair of Mathematics University of California, Los Angeles.

- Professor Bombieri has made pioneering contributions to various branches of mathematics. His work is characterized by originality, power, and clarity of exposition, addressing fundamental and difficult problems in number theory, algebraic geometry, complex analysis, and minimal surfaces.

- Professor Tao is a world-renowned mathematician working in a number of branches of mathematics including harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, combinatorics, number theory, and signal processing. He is known for his highly original solutions of very difficult and important problems and for his technical brilliance in the use of the necessary mathematical machinery.

The King Faisal International Prize for Medicine (Non-Arthroplasty Management of Degenerative Joint Disease) has been awarded jointly to:

-- Professor Reinhold Ganz (Germany), Chairman Emeritus, Orthopedics Department, University of Bern;

-- Professor Jean-Pierre Pelletier (Canada), Head of Osteoarthritis, Montreal University;

-- Professor Johannes Martel Pelletier, (Canada), Joint Director of the Osteoarthritis Research Unit, Montreal University.

Prof. Ganz dedicated his career to the study and treatment of diseases of the hip-joint. He has carried out seminal anatomical research that contributed substantially to the understanding of the blood supply to the acetabulum and femoral head. He also devised a new surgical strategy for treatment of the prearthritic hip. These achievements have led to his recognition as a leading authority on conservative hip surgery.

Professors Jean Pelletier and Johannes Pelletier have contributed substantially to translational research in the field of osteoarthritis. Their original work has led to major discoveries in the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis, particularly joint catabolism and repair.

These studies have paved the way to identification of therapeutic targets. In addition they develop an innovative technology for the quantitative assessment of changes and alteration in cartridge and other articular tissues. The King Faisal International Prize for Arabic Language and Literature (Studies Dealing with Arabic Grammatical Thought) has been awarded jointly to:

-- Professor Abderrahman El-Houari Hadj-Saleh (Algeria);

-- Professor Ramzi Mounir Baalbaki (Lebanon).

Professor Elhaj-Saleh received the award in recognition of his insightful analysis of al-Khalil's linguistic theory, its relation to contemporary grammatical thought, its originality and its place among other grammatical concepts, as well as his prominent contributions to the advancement of Arabic linguistics and Arabization movement.

Professor Baalabaki is recognized for his outstanding original research on Arabic grammatical thought. His publications, in Arabic and English, have enhanced Arabic grammar education in western institutions and familiarized western researchers with the fundamental manuscript of Si-Bawaihi, a revered ancient scholar and founder of Arabic grammar, whose thoughts and methods have profoundly influenced his successors to the present day.

The Prize for Islamic Studies (Studies Dealing with Religious Endowments (Waqf) in Islam) has been withheld for lack of sufficiently meritorious nominations.