H.H. Sheikh Mohamed applauds winners of Zayed Book Award

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His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has congratulated the winners of the 15th edition of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award.

Taking to his official Twitter handle, he said "sharing of knowledge has always been treasured as part of our culture and heritage".

His Highness expressed pride in celebrating the "diverse contributions that these individuals have made through their work".

German philosopher and sociologist Jürgen Habermas has been named ‘Cultural Personality of the Year’ for 2021, in recognition of a long career that extends for more than half a century.

He will be presented with a gold medal and a certificate of merit, as well as a prize of AED 1 million during a virtual awards ceremony that will be held alongside the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair in May.

Habermas has made invaluable and profound contributions to the study and development of philosophy which have enriched numerous disciplines, including communication and cultural studies, moral theory, linguistics, literary theory, political sciences, religious studies, theology, sociology, and democratic theory.

Seven authors and researchers from the US, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Tunisia have been declared winners and will take home a gold medal, a certificate of merit and a prize of AED 750,000.

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, while 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).

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.

The Young Author category was won by Dr. Asma Muqbil Awad Alahmadi from 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 (1999 - 2012) (Critical Study)).

Dar Al Jadeed from Lebanon won the Publishing and Technology award, in recognition of its role in shedding light on long-forgotten topics in Arab publishing.

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