AMSS UK Lifetime Achievement Awardees receive 2013 Turkish Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Awards
Professor Bekir Karliga and Professor Fuat Sezgin are two AMSS UK Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients, in 2011 and 2005 respectively. They have received the 2013 Turkish Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Awards at a ceremony in Ankara on 24 December 2013.
Professor Bekir Karliga is Advisor to the Turkish Prime Minister, President, Civilization Studies Centre, Bahcesehir University, Head of United Nations Alliance of Civilizations National Coordination Committee. He was given the Culture and Arts Award for the documentary A River Flowing West. This is a visually rich documentary with renowned experts from 16 countries from India in the east to Spain in the west discussing the 12 thousand year long civilization journey of humanity.
Professor Fuat Sezgin is Director of the Institute of Arabic-Islamic Studies at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. He was given the Culture and Arts Award for research in Islam, Science and Technology.