Oxford college to host Sheikh Zayed lecture
London, October 28, 2009
St Antony's College, Oxford, will host the inaugural Sheikh Zayed Book Award Lecture on November 5.
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, 2009).
Commenting on this cultural dialogue, 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. - TradeArabia News Service