The Inaugural Sheikh Zayed Book Award Lecture to be Hosted

Published October 27th, 2009 - 08:50 GMT

St Antony's College, Oxford is
delighted to be hosting the inaugural
Sheikh Zayed Book Award Lecture at 5pm on the 5th of November. The award is
presented every year to outstanding writers, translators, publishers and
first-time novelists whose work has made a substantial contribution to Arab
culture. Now in its fourth year, the award has recognized outstanding
publications from across the Arab world.


"Hosting the Zayed Book Award Ceremony at the Middle East Centre allows
the University of Oxford to celebrate excellence in Arabic letters and
promote cultural exchange between Europe and the Arab world," said Dr Eugene
Rogan, Director of the Middle East Centre, University Lecturer in the Modern
History of the Middle East and author of The Arabs: A History (Allen Lane,


    Commenting on this cultural dialogue, Mr. Rashed Al Oraimi, the award's
Secretary General, said "We are delighted with the award's fruitful
cooperation with the globally recognised University of Oxford. The award
provides a platform to showcase and expand the Arab culture, and we believe
that Oxford will open the channels for an influential and sophisticated
dialogue with the European academia."


    Speaking at this event will be Dr. Abdulla Al Ghadami, member of the
Sheikh Zayed Book Award Advisory Council, and novelist Gamal Al Ghitani,
winner of the 2009 Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Literature.


    The Sheikh Zayed Book Award is announced each spring in a ceremony held
in Abu Dhabi. Following this inaugural lecture, the Middle East Centre looks
forward to hosting an annual lecture each spring, bringing one of the award
winners to address the Oxford audience.


    The Middle East Centre at St Antony's is the centre for the
interdisciplinary study of the modern Middle East at the University of
Oxford. Centre Fellows teach and conduct research in the humanities and
social sciences with direct reference to the Arab world, Iran, Israel and
Turkey, with particular emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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