Gerhard Schroder, former chancellor of Germany, June 2014

I am particularly pleased that the 2014 Award for the dialogue of cultures goes to Professor Nasser David Khalili. In the person of Professor Khalili, we are honouring a truly remarkable leader in reaching out boldly across cultural and religious divides and proving that, as he has said himself, what we have in common is… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the designation of Prof. Khalili as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Paris 16 Oct 2012

…what prof. Khalili (David) represents… he is more than a collector, art historian, business man, of diverse cultural background… he’s just a HUMANIST and this is what is so wonderful about him. …in 17th Century France, there is a very interesting description of people (such as David) – an honest MAN, meaning a man of… Read more »

Words of the holy father Pope Benedict XVI (read by his representative) on the occasion of presenting the honour of Knight Commander of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St Sylvester (KCSS), 2009

My Dear David, what can I say – here stands a Galileo. I have know you for many years when the late holy father Pope John Paul II of blessed memory created you a Knight of St Sylvester. I said of you at that time, if you remember, that you had in one person the… Read more »