Christian Troll, Sanjiv Saraf to get Sir Syed Award for Promoting Urdu

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Prof Christian W Troll

Aligarh: Prof Christian W Troll, noted scholar of theology and philosophy and Honorary Professor St. Georgen in Frankfurt, Germany will receive this year’s International Sir Syed Excellence Award for his work on Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, while Sanjiv Saraf, founder of Rekhta Foundation will be conferred with the National Sir Syed Excellence Award for his outstanding contribution to promotion of Urdu language and literature. The awards will be given on Sir Syed Day Celebrations, October 17, 2018. The Sir Syed Excellence awards in the International and National category includes cash prizes worth Rs two lakh and one lakh respectively. Prof Christian W Troll is a reputed scholar and his book, ‘A Reinterpretation of Muslim Theology’ blazed a new trial in Sir Syed studies. Recently, he contributed to collective volumes a number of substantial studies on Christian-Muslim dialogue in the context of conflicting truth claims as well as on the change in Catholic teaching and thinking on Islam and on Christian-Muslim relations since the middle of the 20th century.
Sanjiv Saraf, founder of Rekhta Foundation, will receive the award in the National category, which is devoted to the promotion and preservation of Urdu. His website, rekhta.org has created the largest available online resource on Urdu language and almost all notable books of Urdu have been made available. Jashn-e-Rekhta, an annual literary festival meant for propagation of Urdu language and literature is immensely popular. Saraf is an alumnus of The Scindia School and a graduate from IIT, Kharagpur.. (www.amu.ac.in)