In 2009 the award committee nominated Daryush Shayegan and Mohammad
Khatami as recipients of the inaugural Global Dialogue Prize for their
work in developing and promoting the concept of a ‘dialogue among
cultures and civilizations’ as new paradigm of cultural subjectivity and
as new paradigm of international relations.
Since Mohammad Khatami was “not in the position to accept the
prize”, the Global Dialogue Prize 2009 was awarded to Daryush Shayegan