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Indonesian professor wins King Faisal International Prize 2018 for service to Islam

Indonesian professor wins King Faisal International Prize 2018 for service to Islam

Riyadh: Professor Irwandi Jaswir of Indonesia was named winner of the King Faisal International Prize, one of Saudi Arabia’s most prestigious prizes during a ceremony at a luxury hotel in the country’s capital on Wednesday, for “service to Islam”.

Prof. Jaswir, deputy dean of the International Institute for Halal Research and Training (INHART) was recognized for his contribution to the establishment of ‘Halal science’ pertaining to food; his research in that area and the development of new methods for quick detection of non-Halal substances in food.


A notable example being the ‘Portable Electronic Nose’ which detects within a few seconds the presence of alcohol or lard (porcine-derived fat) in foods.

Since its inception in 1979, the King Faisal International Prize (KFIP) has been honoring excellence in Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language & Literature, Medicine, and Science.

Each category prize consists of a certificate, a 200 gram 24-carat gold medal and SR750,000 ($2,00,000).

The aim is to inspire Muslims to participate in all aspects of human civilization, as well as enrich human knowledge and develop mankind.

The other prize winners were:

 

Governor of Makkah Prince Khaled Al-Faisal who is adviser to the King and chairman of the King Faisal Foundation and members of the selection committees, scholars, intellectuals and media persons attended the ceremony.

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