The Right Hon. Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, May 2014

I was so pleased to learn that professor Khalili was to receive the ‘Maimonides-Averroes Award’. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award.

David is passionate about the cause of peace and has made a remarkable contribution to improving dialogue, understanding and respect between those of different faiths. I have discussed these issues with David many times over the years and it is his dedication to the cause and his rational and compassionate thinking that has always been apparent.

He has given much; and it is clear he still has much to give. I can’t think of anyone who better represents the values encompassed by the Maimonides-Averroes Award for mutual knowledge and respect than David.

The Right Hon. Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, May 2014