Iran promoting ‘Islamic Nobel Prize’

The presentation of what has been dubbed the “Islamic Nobel Prize” for science and technology was held on Monday in the Iranian capital’s Pardis Technological Park.

The Mustafa Science and Technology Prize, in honor of one of the 201 names (“the chosen one”) of Prophet Mohamed, aims to encourage scholars from Muslim countries and those of the south-eastern Mediterranean to promote and elevate their works.

The prize intends to create a “platform” for scientists and specialists to present their latest works and to increase scientific and technological collaboration in the Islamic world.

The prize includes 500,000 dollars, a medal and a certificate, and will be given by Pardis in three sectors: life sciences and medicine, nanosciences and nanotechnology, and information and communication technologies.

A fourth prize, for the Best Muslim Scientist, will also be assigned. For the first three categories, the candidates will have to be citizens of a Muslim country, while to compete for the fourth the scientist must simply be a Muslim…