Saudi king granted doctorate from Egypt’s Al-Azhar

Al-Azhar granted an honorary doctorate to Saudi King Abdullah for efforts in serving Islam and Egypt

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Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has been granted an honorary doctorate from Egypt’s Al-Azhar University for efforts in serving Islam and Egypt.

The university is considered the world’s leading center for Arabic literature and Islamic learning.

Egypt’s official Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported Wednesday that the university’s council granted the king the honorary doctorate for “his loyal efforts at serving Muslims and Islam, and for his brave and patriotic stances towards Egypt and its people.”

The university’s principal, Dr Osama al-Abd, told the pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat newspaper Thursday that the award was “the least” that could be done in appreciation.

Abd said the council had reached the decision unanimously, and had mandated him to travel to Saudi Arabia in the next few days to deliver the doctorate to the monarch.

King Abdullah visited Egypt in June to show support for newly-elected President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

The visit was his first to Cairo since the 2011 ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak.

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