Dutch University Awards Honorary Degree To Pamuk


17.10.2006 13:53 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Tilburg University in the Netherlands has decided
to award Orhan Pamuk, the Turkish Nobel prize winning novelist, with
an honorary degree. The university council approved the request made
by the philosophy, culture, communication and theology faculties. The
university released a statement about its decision that read: "Orhan
Pamuk has been awarded an honorary degree for his pioneering analysis
of traditionalism and modernism along the East-West, Christianity-Islam
axes. In his novels, Pamuk not only deals with issues from a historical
point of view, but he handles them as a theologist, philosopher and
a man of culture," the Zaman writes.

The Nobel prize winner on literature in 2006 was lately criticized
by Turkish nationalists, who accused the Nobel committee in bias and
political partiality.

Orhan Pamuk was indicted on article 301 of the Turkish Criminal
Code for "insulting Turkishness" as he mentioned the Armenian
Genocide. Under the pressure of the international community the
accusations were withdrawn.

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