Sheikh Saif honours winners of Sheikh Zayed Book Award

Emirati author Maisoon Saqer picks up the Literature category award


Ismail Sebugwaawo

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Published: Tue 24 May 2022, 9:08 PM

Last updated: Tue 24 May 2022, 11:42 PM

Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, on Tuesday honoured the winners of the 16th edition of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) during a ceremony at Louvre Abu Dhabi.

The awards honoured literary figures, authors and thinkers across seven categories. A prominent Egyptian publishing house was also among the winners this year.

Held under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the annual awards was organised by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).

In the Literature category, the award went to Emirati author Maisoon Saqer for her book ‘Maq’ha Reesh, Ain Ala Massr (Eye on Egypt: Café Riche)’, while Syrian writer Maria Daadoush won in the Children’s Literature category for her novel ‘Loghz al Kora al Zujajiya (The Mystery of the Glass Ball)’.

Meanwhile, Dr Mohamed Al-Maztouri of Tunisia won in the Young Author category with his book ‘Al Badawa fi al She’er al Arabi al Qadeem’ (Bedouinism in Ancient Arabic Poetry), a study issued by the Faculty of Literature, Arts and Humanities at Manouba University and the GLD Foundation (Al-Atrash Complex for Specialised Books) in 2021.

The translation category saw Dr. Ahmed Aladawi from Egypt win the award for his work on translating ‘Nash’at al Insaniyat Einda al Muslimeen wa fi al Gharb al Maseehi’ (The Rise of Humanism in Classical Islam and the Christian West) by George Makdisi from English to Arabic.

Meanwhile, Moroccan author Mohamed Aldahi’s book ‘Al Sarid wa Taw’am al Rooh: Min al Tamtheel ila al Istinaa’ (The Narrator and the Soulmate: From Acting to Faking), issued by Le Centre Culturel du Livre in 2021, won in the Art & Literary Criticism category.

The Arab Culture in Other Languages category saw American-Iraqi Dr. Muhsin J. Al-Musawi win for his book ‘The Arabian Nights in Contemporary World Cultures: Global Commodification, Translation, and the Culture Industry’, while the Award for Publishing & Technology went to Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria) in Egypt.

The Cultural Personality of the Year Award went to Dr Abdullah Al-Ghathami in recognition of his notable contributions to cultural movements in the region and the Arab world.

The recipient of the ‘Cultural Personality of the Year’ accolade will be awarded a gold medal marked with the SZBA logo, as well as a certificate of merit and Dh1 million prize.

Winners of the other categories will each receive a gold medal, a certificate of merit and a prize of Dh750,000.

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