Jack Lang, President of the institut de monde arabe and former French Minister of Culture during the ceremony of the Dialogue of Cultures Award, 12 June 2014

Tonight we are celebrating the outstanding achievements of a deeply humanist man of culture and science, without whom the major exhibition of Hajj at the Arab world institutes (institut de monde arabe) could never have taken place. Professor Khalili has shown a unique determination to forge dialogue between cultures and religions and to improve the mutual knowledge of people of different cultures.

Jack Lang, President of the institut de monde arabe and former French Minister of Culture during the ceremony of the Dialogue of Cultures Award, 12 June 2014