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Winners of 15th Sheikh Zayed Book Award announced

Abu Dhabi - Seven authors and researchers bag prizes amid 23% rise in submissions in 2020-21


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Published: Thu 22 Apr 2021, 11:15 PM

Last updated: Thu 22 Apr 2021, 11:24 PM

Seven authors and researchers from Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, the US and a Lebanese publishing house were declared winners of the 15th Sheikh Zayed Book Award.

The latest edition saw the largest in its history in terms of submissions, with 2,349 nominations received in 2020-21, an increase of 23 per cent compared to the previous edition.

Egyptian writer, Iman Mersal, won the Literature category for her book Fee Athar Enayat Al Zayyat (In the Footsteps of Enayat Al-Zayyat) while Tunisian author, Mizouni Bannani, won the Children’s Literature award for his book Rehlat Fannan (An Artist's Journey).

The translation award went to Impostures by Al Hariri, translated from Arabic to English.

The Literary and Art Criticism award went to Tunisian researcher, Khelil Gouia, for his book Masar Al Tahdeeth fe Al Fonoon Al Tashkelyah, men Al Orsomah ella Al Lawha (The Path of Modernisation in the Visual Arts, From Drawing to Painting), published by Med Ali Éditions in 2020.

The Contribution to the Development of Nations was awarded to Dr. Saeed El-masry from Egypt, for his book Turath Al Iste’ela’a bayn Al Folklor wa Al Majal Al Deeny (Legacy of Supremacy between Folklore and Religion), and Tahera Qutbuddin from the US won the Arab Culture in Other Languages award for her book Arabic Oration: Art and Function, published by Brill Publishers in 2019.

The Young Author category was won by Dr. Asma Muqbil Awad Alahmadi from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the study Eshkalyat Al Thaat Al Saredah Fee Al Rwayah Al Nesaayah Al Saudiah (The Problems of the Narrated Self in the Saudi Feminist Novel.

Dar Al Jadeed from Lebanon won the Publishing and Technology award, in recognition of his role in shedding light on long-forgotten topics in Arab publishing, as well as his contributions to the Arabic library with science books and linguistic and intellectual studies.

Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT-Abu Dhabi), said: “Since its first edition in 2006, the Sheikh Zayed Book Award has proved to be a beacon of culture and literature, recognised and respected internationally as a champion of creativity. Through this inspirational Award, we honour the memory of our nation’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, whose far-reaching vision for the UAE was intrinsically linked to the cornerstones of culture, knowledge and human development.”

Dr Ali bin Tamim, the Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre and Secretary General of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, said: “Despite the challenges of 2020, we were delighted to see a record-breaking year with submissions of exceptional quality. As one of the Arab world’s leading cultural awards, we are proud to support a flourishing international publishing landscape and pleased to see winners from five countries around the globe. The judges were especially impressed with the range of genres, the breadth of topics and the ambition of the scholars and writers represented here. This year’s winners highlight the depth and prestige of the Award in the Arab world and beyond. We commend their achievement and look forward to seeing more superb work in the years to come.”

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