Letter from Hugh Van Skyhawk –
Yesterday I was informed that the Executive Committee of the Institute of Peace and Development (INSPAD) has awarded me the title “Ambassador of Peace” in perpetuity for my work in promoting understanding between religious communities.
I am shocked to the marrow by this unexpected honor. But I solemnly pledge to give my last breath to promote understanding between religious communities in the time that remains to me. Too much blood has been shed and too many lives have been shattered and broken by unnecessary misunderstandings between religious communities.
May Allah (s.w.t.) help us to find a better way of living together in peace. Ameen.
With best wishes and my humble salaam,
Hugh van Skyhawk
(Prof. Dr.) Hugh van Skyhawk
Senior Lecturer on Ancient Asia
Seminar for the Science of Religion
University of Basel
Confoederatio Helvetica (Switzerland)