Author Hofmann elected as Muslim personality of year
Former German diplomat and author Hofmann was selected as the Muslim personality of the year.
World Bulletin / News Desk
Former German diplomat and author Dr. Murad Wilfried Hofmann was selected as the Muslim personality of the year during a Qoran competition of Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA).
Meanwhile, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will give away awards and certificates to the winners of intense competition among 77 contestants and a rich cultural programme of 35 lectures during the closing ceremony on Thursday night at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
DIHQA annually honours an Islamic figure for their immense contributions to Islam; with this year's 13th session granted to Hofmann.
DIHQA awarded earlier important figures among Islamic wolrd such as Alija Izetbegovic and Sheikh Yusuf Al-Kardavi.
Dr. Hofmann, born in Aschaffenburg, Germany 1931 is well-known German diplomat and author, was born a Catholic, but embraced Islam in 1980. His conversion to Islam was controversial due to his high profile in the German government.
He has authored several books on Islam, including "Journey to Makkah and Islam: The Alternative", other works and essays which focus on Islam in the West, UAe news agency said.
Many of his books and essays focus on Islam's status in the West and, after September 11, in particular, in the United States.
He currently lives with his Turkish wife in Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Hofmann was an honorary member and advisor to the Central Council of Muslims in Germany. Last Mod: 11 Eylül 2009, 13:04
I have read most of the writings of Mr. Hofmann and he is a very special and very clear writer. His sincerity in his writing is impressive.Whether one is a Muslim or not one can learn a lot from his writings on Islam.He does not hesitate to criticize Muslims either -though very gently- so he is a special teacher for this time of history, a mind clarifier.