Tehran, February 7, 2017- The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam: The Qur’anic Principle of Wasatiyyah was named as the Best Book of the Year for 2016 at the 24th Iran International Book Festival. The distinguished author, Prof. Mohammad Hashim Kamali, Founding CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia, received the prestigious award from President Hassan Rouhani, at a special ceremony at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall.
The festival celebrated unity and cultural diversities in the world community. In his speech, President Rouhani emphasised that literature should not create conflicts among ethnic groups and religions and neither should encourage extremism and violence, but the works of literature should be the medium to promote peace and harmony. The eight award winners at the festival were authors from Malaysia, Iran, Turkey, Germany, Spain, Finland, Romania and England. Prof. Kamali represented Malaysia in the Islamic studies category. A total of 2,500 books were evaluated for the contest.
In his book published by Oxford University Press in 2015, Prof. Kamali illuminates the concept of moderation (wasatiyyah) and provides the manifestations of wasatiyyah in the Islamic tradition and the importance of its application in contemporary pressing issues, including social justice, women's rights, environmental balance, economic fairness and globalisation. Prof. Kamali was also invited to deliver lectures at Tehran University, and Al-Mustafa International University of Iran.