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The Nobel Prize (Swedish pronunciation: [noˈbɛl], Swedish definite form, singular: Nobelpriset, Norwegian: Nobelprisen) is a set of annual international awards bestowed in a number of categories by Scandinavian committees in recognition of cultural and scientific advances. The will of the Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel established the prizes in 1895.
The prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace were first awarded in 1901.[1] An associated prize in Economics has been awarded since 1969.[2][3] The Peace Prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway, while the other prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden. The Nobel Prize is widely regarded as the most prestigious award available in the fields of literature, medicine, physics, chemistry, peace and economics.[4]
As of 2011, ten winners of the Nobel Prize have been Muslims. Half of the 10 Muslim Nobel laureates were awarded the prize in the 21st century. Six of the 10 winners were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Contents

Peace

Year image Laureate Country and profession Rationale comment
1978 Anwar Sadat cropped.jpg Anwar al-Sadat(25 December 1918 – 6 October 1981) Egypt Egyptian policymaker He, along with Menachem Begin was awarded 1978 Nobel Peace Prize “for their contribution to the two frame agreements on peace in the Middle East, and on peace between Egypt and Israel, which were signed at Camp David on September 17, 1978”.[5] The first Muslim to receive a Nobel Prize.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12]
1994 ArafatEconomicForum.jpg Yasser Arafat(24 August 1929 – 11 November 2004) Palestinian territoriesPalestinian politician The 1994 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin “for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East”.[13][14] The first Muslim Palestinian to receive a Nobel Prize.[6][15][16][17][18]
2003 Shirinebadi001.jpg Shirin Ebadi(born 21 June 1947) IranIranian Human Rights Activist The 2003 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Ebadi “for her efforts for democracy and human rights. She has focused especially on the struggle for the rights of women and children”.[19] The first and only Iranian to receive a Nobel Prize. She was also the first Muslim woman to receive such an honor.[6][20][21][22][23]
2005 Mohamed ElBaradei, Davos 1.jpg Mohamed El Baradei(born June 17, 1942) EgyptEgyptian policymaker The 2005 Nobel Peace Prize was jointly awarded to El Baradei and IAEA “for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way”.[24][25] He was the second Egyptian to be awarded Nobel Peace Prize (2005).[6][26][27][28][29]
2006 Muhammad Yunus - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012.jpg Muhammad Yunus(born 28 June 1940) BangladeshBangladeshi economist and founding father of Grameen Bank. The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize was jointly awarded to Yunus and Grameen Bank “for their efforts to create economic and social development from below”.[30] The first and only Bengali Muslim to receive such an honor. He is also the only Bangladeshi and overall the third Bengali to win such an award.[6][31][32][33][34][35][36]
2011 Tawakkol Karman.jpg Tawakel Karman(born 7 February 1979) YemenHuman rights activist based in Yemen. A prominent leader in the Arab Spring. The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize was jointly given to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Karman “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”.[37] The first Arab woman and first and only Yemeni to receive a Nobel Prize. She is also the youngest Nobel Peace Laureate .[38][39][40][41][42]

Literature

Year image Laureate Country and profession Rationale comment
1988 Necip Mahfuz.jpg Naguib Mahfouz
(11 December 1911 – 30 August 2006)
EgyptEgyptian author, noted for his contribution to modern Arabic literature The 1988 Nobel Prize in Literature was given to Naguib Mahfouz “who, through works rich in nuance – now clear-sightedly realistic, now evocatively ambiguous – has formed an Arabian narrative art that applies to all mankind”.[43][44] The first Muslim author to receive such a prize.[6][45][46]
2006 Pamuk.jpg Orhan Pamuk(born 7 June 1952) TurkeyTurkish author famous for his books My Name is Red and Snow The 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Orhan Pamuk “who in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native city has discovered new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures”.[47][48] The first and only Turk to receive the Nobel Prize.[6][49][50][51]

Sciences

Physics

Year image Laureate Country and profession Rationale comment
1979 Abdus Salam 2.jpg Abdus Salam
(29 January 1926 – 21 November 1996)
PakistanPakistani physicist The 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to Sheldon Lee Glashow, Salam, and Steven Weinberg “for their contributions to the theory of the unified weak and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles, including, inter alia, the prediction of the weak neutral current”.[52] He is the first and only Pakistani to receive the award. He is also the first Muslim scientist and only physicist to be awarded the Nobel Prize.[53][54][55]

Chemistry

Year image Laureate Country and profession Rationale comment
1999 Zowel.jpg Ahmed Zewail
(born February 26, 1946)
Egypt EgyptianAmerican scientist The 1999 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Ahmed Zewail “for his studies of the transition states of chemical reactions using femtosecond spectroscopy”.[56] He is the only Muslim chemist to date to be awarded the Nobel Prize and the second Muslim scientist.[6][57][58][59][60]

Further reading

Articles

Books

Biography

  • Cosmic Anger: Abdus Salam – The First Muslim Nobel Scientist. by Gordon Fraser [74],ISBN-10: 0199697124 & ISBN-13: 978-0199697120.[66]

Autobiography

  • Sadat, Anwar (1978). In Search of Identity: An Autobiography. New York: Harper & Row. ISBN 0-06-013742-8., ISBN-13:978-0060137427.[72]

See also

References

The year of receiving Nobel Prize is given after each Nobel Laureate in this article. For verification of candidacy of above listed Nobel Laureates, please go to nobelprize.org,[73] and search the corresponding year of reception of Nobel Prize in the respective field.

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Karman joins Shirin Ebadi, who won the Nobel Peace prize in 2003 for her work to bring equal rights to women in Iran, as the second Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace prize.
“As a Muslim woman, I am well aware of the difficult and severe conditions of your work and struggle,” said Ebadi in her letter today to Karman. Karman receives frequent death threats, and was thrown in jail last January. “I admire your tremendous work and courage. This victory will certainly inspire and reassure the million of Muslim women who suffer from discrimination and who fight for equality of rights between men and women—and also sends a message to countries going through the Arab Spring that true democracy will only be achieved if women also receive equal rights.”
It is not Islam or poverty that succours terrorism, but the failure to be heard
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How closely have the changes and developments detailed in Mahfouz’s descriptions of ordinary Egyptian lives paralleled what the world has witnessed as ageneral growing “Islamization” of the Muslim world? In my research,I have found that other Muslim writers,such as Leila Ahmed (Egypt), Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan/India), and Orhan Pamuk (Turkey) have also observed and commented on the Islamization of the culture.

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6 Responses to List of Muslim Nobel Laureates

  1. Rafiq A. Tschannen

    September 26, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Where is Barak Hussain O-bama? Did he return his peace price? (as he should…)

  2. Zia H. Shah

    September 26, 2012 at 9:39 am

    That is a good question. We are ashamed of his wars for now, so, we will include him down the line after he does something positive for the Muslims!

  3. Munir Varraich

    September 26, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Since when has Obama been included in the list of Muslims?

    MAV

  4. Zia H. Shah

    September 26, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Since you are in Europe, you perhaps did not read that 14% of republicans, under the influence of right wing propaganda, believe or at least believed until recently that Obama is a Muslim, despite his repeated denials. Half of the USA population also believes that the world is 6000 years old and a small portion also believes that earth is flat.

    That is the joke!

  5. Rafiq A. Tschannen

    September 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    The problem is that Americans (well, not only Americans, but ‘the normal population in general’) are so used to be lied to by politicians, when they say the truth (for a change) they are not believed.

  6. anisa

    September 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Good task. I was at first surprised to see a “list” of Muslim Nobel prize winner. Although a few of them I heard and read from different information sources but never thought it could be enough to make a list.
    But nice to see it really exists. Though a short one but let’s hope it gets longer every day.Amen

    And may Ahamdi Muslims supersede all.Amen

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