SZBA Longlist announced for “Arabic Culture in Other Languages”
Abu Dhabi - The Sheikh Zayed Book Award has announced its long-list of entries contesting its “Arabic Culture in non-Arab language” category which recognises written works tackling Arab civilisation and culture, including humanities, fine arts, literature (novels, shorts stories, poems) and history, all produced in non-Arabic languages.
Ten books have been selected following the conclusion of the Award’s Reading Panels deliberations. The longlist includes works in English, Spanish and Japanese and cover subjects from Arabic history and literature to scholarly research in the art of Arabic writing. Book title Author Language Publisher 1
Arabian-naito to Nihon-jin(The Arabian Night and Japanese)
Iwanami Shoten (2012) 2
Leer La Alhambra
(Reading Al Hambra)
Jose Miguel Puerta Vilchez
Edición Patronato de la Alhambra y Generalife, Granada (2011) 3
Los traductores de árabe del Estado español.Del Protectorado a nuestros días(Arabic Translators in Spain)
Arias-Torres & Feria-García
Bellaterra, Barcelona (2012) 4
Teorías sobre el amor en la cultura árabe medieval(Theories of love in Arabic Culture in Middle Ages)
Siruela (2014) 5
The [European] Other in Medieval Arabic Literature and Culture, Ninth-Twelfth Century AD.
Nizar F. Hermes
Palgrave MacMillan (2012) 6
Reading Darwin in Arabic, 1860-1950
The University of Chicago Press (2013) 7
The Arab Nahda: The Making of the Intellectual and Humanist Movement(The Philosophy of Image)
Edinburgh University Press (2013) 8
Ancient Religions, Modern Politics: The Islamic Case in Comparative Perspective
Princeton (2014) 9
The Cosmic Script: Sacred Geometry and the Science of Arabic Penmanship
Ahmed Moustafa and Stefan Sperl
Inner Traditions (2014) 10
Al Jahiz: In Praise of Books
Edinburgh University Press (2013)
Italian scholar and historian, Mario Liverani, won the category’s 2014 Award for his book “Immaginare Babele” (Imagining Babylon). The winning book was named a masterpiece in archaeology for it reconstructs the ancient city of Babylon’s cultural history by showing the relationshipbetween archaeological research and a variety of historical and political contexts. The author sketches the city’s architecture in light of its conceptual and institutional foundations, and supports the rich piece of work with extensive research and impressive bibliography.
The Sheikh Zayed Book Award's first installment was in 2007 when it was intended to promote scholarship and creativity in Arab culture. It carries cash prizes totaling AED 7 million - with AED750,000 per winner (equivalent to USD 204,217.50) in all eight categories (including the Arab Culture in non-Arabic languages category). The winners also receive a certificate of merit and a Gold Medal.