Karen Armstrong

 Ms. Karen Armstrong / British author and an expert on religion

Presenter of the Award for the Freedom of Worship

Karen Armstrong is a British author and an expert on religion. She is in great demand as a lecturer all over the world. She’s an expert on Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Her books are characterized by a liberal view on religion. After living as a nun in a convent for 11 years she left it to study English in Oxford. Karen Armstrong is one of the most eloquent authors on topics of religion and faith. She is the author of many bestsellers e.g. “The case for God”(2009) and “Twelve steps to a compassionate life”(2010). Her latest book is called “Fields of Blood, religion and the history of violence which was published in 2014. In 2009 she initiated the charter for compassion. This charter, a text based on the Golden Rule ”do unto others as they would have you do unto them”, is meant to stimulate people and groups in the whole world to live peacefully together. In 2008 Karen Armstrong was awarded the Four Freedoms Award for Freedom of Worship. The same year she was also the winner of the TED prize. In 1999 she received the Muslim public affairs council’s media award . Last year she was made honorary doctor by VU Amsterdam and was awarded the Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences.

Karen Armstrong considers it a great honor to present the Franklin D. Roosevelt Award for Freedom of Worship to Bishop Taban: 

“His courageous and tireless work as a peacemaker in South Sudan and his compassionate concern to alleviate the suffering of its people is an example that our world sorely needs.”