The festival, commonly known as the Farabi International Award, is specifically aimed at the development of Islamic Humanities and has been held by the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research and Technology on an annual basis since 2008.
“The overall goal of Farabi International Award is to strengthen potentials, pay enough attention to the necessity of knowledge production in accordance with the local needs of the leading Islamic community, and build motivational and supportive capacities for research and innovation,” said the official website of the festival. The international section of the event is comprised of two parts, including Islamic studies and Iranology.
In the closing ceremony of the award, which was held on Sunday afternoon, President Rouhani, the Iranian minister of science, research and technology, Mansour Gholami, and a number of the country's academic officials awarded the 42 winners of this year’s festival.
The festival is held in honor of the medieval Muslim philosopher, scientist and jurist, Al-Farabi, or as he is commonly known in the West, Alpharabius. He authored many books in the fields of political philosophy, metaphysics, ethics and logic. Al-Farabi was also a scientist, cosmologist, mathematician and music scholar. In the philosophy tradition of Muslims, he is usually known as the Second Master, after Aristotle.