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Iranian Scholar Declines Farabi Award

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Mohammadreza Hakimi

Iranian scholar Mohammadreza Hakimi declined the achievement award offered to him by the third Farabi International Award in Iran, in protest to the "poverty and the visible and invisible deprivation" in Iranian society. Mr. Hakimi told Award organizers that he believes holding such ceremonies when "poverty and deprivation" are rampant in Iran are of the least priority.

Mohammadreza Hakimi is amongst 50 scholars and researchers in the human sciences and Islamic studies who are being commended and awarded by the Farabi Award.

In his letter of refusal, Mr. Hakimi states: "In this Award ceremony, scholars and experts are being honoured for fifty years of service to the human sciences. The question is, are sciences only there to be recorded in books and exist only in the mind or rather to serve humanity and guard human rights in the real world?"

He also emphasizes that "we must try to make sure that in our society the two concepts of 'human' and 'humanity' do not get lost: the first, in the streets and the other, in books."

Mohammadreza Hakimi is a prominent scholar in Mashad who has written numerous books on religious thought and theosophy.

Farabi International Award

The International Farabi Award was established three years ago by Iran's Ministry of Science, Research and Technology to honour scholars and researchers in the field of humanities as well as Iranian and Islamic culture and civilizations both in Iran and all over the world.

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