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His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, confirmed that Sudanese historian Youssef Fadl is the cultural figure of the year for the activities of the 41st session of the Sharjah International Book Fair, an encyclopedia of Arab and African science, pointing out that His Highness met him in 1974 on an official visit. for Sudan, and that the Sudanese historian has personal preferences.
Referring to the communication between them on the basis of winning the African peoples with the Arab world, not in a way of giving and benevolence, but in partnership in many investment projects through modern technology, this came during an intervention by His Highness yesterday afternoon through the direct line program of Sharjah Radio.
His Highness also said: “The planning for the opening of the University of Sharjah was with Dr. Youssef Fadl, and that most of the news about Africa came from him,” pointing out that he established with him the (Africa Hall) in Sharjah and the Institute of African Studies.
His Highness added: “The honoring of Youssef Fadl was symbolic, as he continues with us, and we have the right to honor such personalities, as I asked him for a report on African countries, and he worked on it for 15 years, so I knew Africa through those reports.”
His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah also recounted a touching story that happened with His Highness in one of the areas in Zambia, where a person converted to Islam and was followed by the people of the area after His Highness built a mosque there and distributed aid to the families residing there, and that after 6 years of the person’s conversion, the number of Muslims reached 32 thousand people.
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