Coronavirus Pandemic

Covid-19 books fly off the shelves at Sharjah fair

Afkar Abdullah /Sharjah Filed on November 12, 2020
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Several SIBF visitors approach publishers' stalls, asking about books that explore various aspects of the pandemic.

New Covid-19 titles exhibited at the ongoing Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) have been flying off the shelves, publishers said.

Mariam Mohammed, one of the SIBF’s participating publishers, said several visitors approach their stall, asking about new books that offer comprehensive information about the virus that brought the world to a standstill.

Anticipating such high demand, publishing houses have prominently displayed their Covid-19 books, which highlight various aspects of the pandemic — including how the virus spreads, how to stay safe, and the psychological impact of quarantine.

During a tour of the fair, Khaleej Times spotted several visitors lining up for certain books, including one entitled The emerging corona virus, the nightmare coming from the Far East by Dr Nancy Elyan.

Written in Arabic, the book explores the nature of the virus and the controversy of its transmission and spread around the world in a way unprecedented for a century. It also presents the most important methods and behaviours that must be followed to prevent Covid-19 infection.

The Jordanian Amjad Publishing and Distribution House has also launched Prevention of the Global Coronavirus Pandemic Between Legal Rooting and Medical Miracles by Dr Qutaybah Fawzi Jassam Al Rawi and Dr Hatem Abdullah Al Issawi. It reviews the concept of the Islamic preventive system and clarifies the Islamic legal rooting to prevent epidemics in general.

Another firm, Mahe Company for Publishing and Distribution, is displaying two Covid-19 books. One of them is My Diary and Corona by the Moroccan writer Aisha Bennani, in which she recounted the psychological state and the suffering she felt during the home quarantine period. It also includes thoughts of some Arab writers about their personal experience.

The Freedom in the Time of COVID19 by the Iraqi writer Sundus Al Shawi explores the scenario of having to move away from life’s simple joys because of the quarantine.

Another popular title is A World Beyond Coronavirus, which is a strategic report published by the Rafid Centre for Consulting and Policy Analysis.

Afkar Abdullah

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