Tuesday, 14 May 2013

News Release: The Right Livelihood Award Foundation Mourns Passing Away Of 2004 Awardee

Late Asghar Ali Engineer

The Right Livelihood Award Foundation mourns the death of Indian scholar and reformist Mr. Asghar Ali Engineer. Mr. Engineer dedicated his life to tolerance and peaceful religious co-existence, for which he accepted the Right Livelihood Award in 2004.

Asghar Ali Engineer passed away after prolonged illness on Tuesday, May 14th, at the age of 74. He is survived by his son Irfaan and his daughter Seema.

Born in 1939, Engineer retired as a chemical engineer in 1972 to fully devote himself to participating in the Bohra reform movement. Writing prolifically on Hindu-Muslim relations, he established the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism to promote communal harmony in 1993. He had of late written extensively on the need for the fullest realization of women’s rights in Muslim countries, which he argues is consistent with what has been prescribed in the Qur’an.

In 2004, Asghar Ali Engineer received the Right Livelihood Award jointly with Swami Agnivesh. Swami Agnivesh today told the Right Livelihood Award Foundation: “He was my great friend, and we will all miss him. He was a great social and religious reformer. We have many religious preachers, but religious reformers are few and far between. Despite several attacks, he persisted with his work, and always spoke truth to power. I pledge to carry forward his legacy of reforming religion to make it more rational, more inclusive and against fundamentalism."

The Right Livelihood Award Foundation's thoughts  are with Asghar Ali Engineer's family and friends at this difficult time.

Ole von Uexkull
Executive Director
Right Livelihood Award Foundation
+ 46 8 70 20 339
Email: info@rightlivelihood.

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