18th Sheikh Zayed Book Award Longlists: Translation, Criticism, Development

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More longlists in the 18th cycle of the Sheikh Zayed Book Awards: Translation, Criticism, Development of Nations.

At the Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2023 presentation ceremony in Abu Dhabi. Image: Sheikh Zayed Book Award

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Bin Tamim: ‘The Foundations of Creativity and Knowledge’
Continuing today (November 28) with our announcements of longlists in the 18th cycle (2023-2024) of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, you’ll remember that this major prize regime was established in 2006 as a means to promoting Arab literature and culture, while honoring the achievements of creative thinkers in books, the arts, the humanities, in Arabic and in other languages, including English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Russian.

Our first announcements of four longlists was published on November 17: Literature, Young Author, Children’s Literature, and Editing of Arabic Manuscripts, the newest of a total 10 categories.

Today, we look at longlists in the categories of Translation, Literary and Art Criticism, and Contribution to the Development of Nations.

Readers who follow us will note that the Omani author Jokha Alharthi, winner of the 2019 International Booker Prize for her Celestial Bodies as translated by Marilyn Booth, is nominated here for a new work published this year by the Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi‘s Sharjah-based Kalimat, The. Body in Arabic Love Poetry, translated by Zuwaina Al Tuwiya.

Earlier this month, the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre—which is part of the capitol emirate’s department of culture and tourism—announced that its current 18th edition of the Sheikh Zayed award has received 4,240 nominations, a record that represents work from 74 nations. When these numbers are viewed in comparison to 3,151 submissions last year from 60 nations, it’s easy to see what a major step forward this program has made under the direction of Dr. Ali Bin Tamim in his role as chair of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre.

Those 74 nations comprise 19 Arab countries and 55 other markets.

Egypt has topped the list of participating countries this year in terms of nominations received, followed by Iraq, Morocco, Algeria, Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Palestine, and the United Arab Emirates.

Outside the Arab region, India led the list, followed by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and Germany.

The award also saw a number of countries participate for the first time: Slovenia, Serbia, Romania, Nepal, Mauritius, Kyrgyzstan, Hungary, Guinea, and Djibouti.

Translation Longlist

The longlist for the Translation category includes 11 titles from seven Arab countries: Oman, Kuwait, Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, and Libya. These longlisted works were translated into Arabic from four languages: English, French, German, and Italian.

  • Fi Suhbat al-Waii Mawsu’at Blackwell aan al-Waii (The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness) by Susan Schneider and Max Velmans, translated from English to Arabic by Mustafa Sameer Abdulraheem from Iraq, published by Al Rawafed Culture Publishers and Ibn al-Nadim Publishing and Distribution, in 2022
  • Al-Aalam Iradatan wa-Tamathulan ( Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung – The World: Will and Imagination) by Arthur Schopenhauer, translated from German to Arabic by Said Tawfik from Egypt, published by ‏Dar Al Kitab Al Jadeed, in 2023
  •  Daleel Cambridge fi Tareekh al-Falsafa al-Arabiya’ (The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy) by Peter Adamson and Richard C. Taylor, translated from English to Arabic by Ashraf Mansour from Egypt, published by Mominoun Without Borders Publishing and Distribution, in 2023
  • Al-Ilm wal-Waii  (Science Avec Conscience: Science with Conscience) by Edgar Morin, translated from French to Arabic by Izzeddine Khatiabi from Morocco, published by Arab Organization for Translation, in 2023
  • Limatha Naqraa’ al-Adab al-Classiki? (Perché Leggere I Classici:Why Do We Read Classic Literature?) by Italo Calvino, translated from Italian to Arabic by Dalal Naserallah from Kuwait, published by Al Mada for Media, Culture, and Arts, in 2021
  • Al-Nathra an-Namatiya ila al-Hayat: Ru’ya Muwahada’ (The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision) by Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi, translated from English to Arabic by Mamon Alzaidy from Libya, published by Ninawa Studies Publishing & Distribution, in 2023
  • Al-Jasad fi al-Ghazal al-Uthri (The Body in Arabic Love Poetry) by Jokha Alharthi, translated from English to Arabic by Zuwaina Al Tuwiya from Oman, published by Kalimat Group, in 2023
  • Al-Ilm al-Jadeed (La Scienza Nuova – The New Science) by Giambattista Vico, translated from Italian to Arabic by Ahmed Somai from Tunisia, published by Adab Publishing and Distribution, in 2022
  • Ma Waraa’ al-Gharb: Min Ajl Tafkeer Kawni Jadeed (Jenseits des Westens: Für ein Neues Kosmopolitisches Denken: Beyond the West: For a New Cosmopolitan Thought) by Stefan Weidner, translated from German to Arabic by Hamid Lechhab from Morocco, published by Mominoun Without Borders Publishing and Distribution, in 2023.
  • Dihk an-Nisaa’: Qissat Sulta (Le Rire des Femmes: Une Histoire de Pouvoir:Women’s Laughter: A Story of Power) by Sabine Melchior-Bonnet, translated from French to Arabic by Jalal Elati-Rabbi from Morocco, published by Jadal Publishing, in 2022
  • Nathariyat al-Ta’addub: Baad al-Kulliyat fi Isti’mal al-Lugha (Politeness: Some Universals in Language Usage) by Penelope Brown and Stephen C. Levinson, translated from English to Arabic by Hisham Ibrahim Abdullah Alkhalifa from Iraq, published by Kunouz Al-Ma’refa Publishing and Distribution House, in 2023
Literary and Art Criticism Longlist

The longlist for the Literary and Art Criticism category comprises 11 titles from six Arab countries: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, and Algeria.

  • Tareekh al-Ghinaa’ al-Shaabi min al-Mawal ila ar-Rap (History of the Folk Song from Mawal to Rap) by Yasser Thabet from Egypt, published by Dar Dawen Publishing and Distribution, in 2023
  • Adonis fi al-Ibdaa wal-Tatheer al-Shi’ri (Adonis in Creative and Poetic Theorisation) by Hassane Al Ghorfi from Morocco, published by Dar Khotot W Thelal Publishing and Distribution, in 2023
  • Falsafat al-Lugha wa-Su’al al-Meana: Bahth fi Simya’iyat al-Istiaara al-Fanniya (The Philosophy of Language and the Quest for Meaning: An Exploration of Metaphorical Artistic Semiotics) by Souad Hamadache from Algeria, published by Kunouz Al-Ma’refa Publishing and Distribution House, in 2023
  • Zawaj al-Mubdi’een: Tharaa’ al-Mutakhayal wa-Faqr al-Waqeh (The Matrimony of Creators: Where Imagination Abounds and Reality Wanes) by Chawki Bzih from Lebanon, published by Masciliana Editions, in 2023
  • Naqd an-Naqd al-Thaqafi: Ru’ya fi Musa’alat al-Mafaheem wal-Dabt al-Maarifi (Critiquing Cultural Critique: A Gaze into the Jurisdiction of Concepts and Cognitive Mastery) by Abduladheem Al-Sultani from Iraq, published by Dar Al-Rafidain, in 2021
  • Iaadat Binaa’ an-Nathariya an-Naqdiya min al-Manthoor al-Shaklani ila Maaqool al-Khitab (The Reconstruction of Critical Theory from a Formalist Perspective to a Rational Discourse), by Abdelfattah Ahmed Youssef from Egypt, published by Al Rawafed Culture Publishers and Ibn al-Nadim Publishing and Distribution, in 2023
  • Aanadil Hajariya’ (Stone Nightingales) by Adi Jaser Alherbish from Saudi Arabia, published by Sophia Publishing, in 2022
  • Kul Da Kan Leeh (Sardiya Naqdiya aan Al-Ughniya was-Sadara (Kol Dah Kan Leih: A Critical Narrative About Songs and Prominence) by Fayrouz Karawya from Egypt, published by Diwan Publishing, in 2022
  • Al-Insan fi Riaayat al-Kaynoona: Heidegger fi al-Mutanawal al-Falsafi al-Arabi Humanity in the Care of Ontology: Heidegger in Arab Philosophical Discourse) by Mouchir Bassil Aoun from Lebanon, published by Philosophy House, in 2023
  • Banat Awa wal-Huroof al-Mafqooda: Aan al-Hayawanat al-Natiqa fi Lahathat al-Khatar (Jackals and Lost Letters: About Animals Speaking in Moments of Danger) by Haytham El Wardany from Egypt/Germany, published by Al Karma Books, in 2023
  • Kitab al-Masafat: Muqaraba Naqdiya fi Jadaliyat al-Qurb wal-Buud (The Book of Distances: A Critical Approach to the Dialectic of Proximity and Distance) by Yasin Al-Nasayyir from Iraq/Netherlands, published by Ninawa Studies Publishing & Distribution, in 2021
Contribution to the Development of Nations Longlist

The longlist for the Contribution to the Development of Nations category included nine titles from six Arab countries: the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and Syria.

  • Al-Asmaa’ al-Jughrafiya – Thakirat Ajyal (Geographical Names: Legacy of Generations) by Khalifa Alromaithi from the UAE, published by Austin Macauley Publishers, in 2022
  • Ad-Deen fi al-Fikr al-Falsafi wal-Ijtimaii al-Hadeeth (Religion in Modern Philosophical and Social Thought), by Abdelilah Daal from Morocco, published by Al Maaref Forum, in 2022
  • Al-Madrasa wal-Thakaa (School and Intelligence) by M’barek Rabi from Morocco, published by Al Madariss for Publishing and Distribution, in 2022
  • An-Naqlat al-Hadariya al-Kubra: Ayna Nahnu Minha? (Major Civilisational Leaps: Where Do We Stand?) by Mustapha Hijazi from Lebanon, published by Arab Cultural Centre, in 2023
  • Falsafat al-Amn: Nathariyat Epistemolojiya Tatbiqat Sociolojiya (The Philosophy of Security: Epistemological Theories and Sociological Applications) by Ramzi Mahouachi from Tunisia, published by Horizon Publishing, in 2023
  • Sikkat al-Tramway: Tareeq al-Hadatha Marra bi-Dimashq (Tramway Railway: The Path of Modernity Passed Through Damascus) by Sami Marwan Moubayed from Syria/UK, published by Riad El Rayyes Books, in 2022
  • Al-Mushtarak al-Ibrahimi wal-Hiwar al-Hadari (Abrahamic Commonality and Civilised Dialogue) by Salah Salem from Egypt, published by ElAin Publishing, in 2023
  • Al-Bayniya fi al-Academia al-Arabiya wal-Islamiya (Interdisciplinary Studies in Arabic and Islamic Academia) by Ali Alsalah Moula from Tunisia, published by Mominoun Without Borders Publishing and Distribution, in 2023
  • Al-Arabiya Lughat al-Aayn: Dirasa Dalaliya Uurfaniya (The Arabic Language: A Study of Cognitive Semantics) by Fatima Bakouch from Tunisia, published by Dar Meskeliani Editions, in 2023

More from Publishing Perspectives on the Sheikh Zayed Book Award is here, more on the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center is here, more on Arabic literature is here, and more on translation is here. More from us on publishing and book awards in the international industry is here

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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