Presentation of the brochure of the 10th Edition of UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab culture

Following the 10th award ceremony of the UNESCO Sharjah Prize for Arab culture, a brochure will be brought out to testify a year’s diligent efforts undertaken for the love of a culture, of all cultures. As stated by the Director General Ms. Irina Bokova in her preface, this brochure crown’s "ten years efforts of the UNESCO Sharjah Prize to draw a singular path between the East and the West," and to contribute towards a dialogue between peoples, cultures and continents.

Herewith the table of contents of the brochure which will soon be available online, on this page:

Foreword by Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

Part One: Round Tables. “Art and culture, instruments of peace”

-        Preamble by Mr Abdullah al-Owais

1.1 Looking at the new forms of artistic expression in the Arab world

-        Introduction by Ricardo Mbarkho

1.1.1 Literature and revolutions

o   Elias Khoury: “Those who gave their voices”

o   Bensalem Himmich: “For intergenerational solidarity”

o   Isabella Camera d’Afflitto: “Towards a new generation of Arab writers”

1.1.2 Youth, creativity and revolution

o   Abdelwahab Bouhdiba: “The historic refusal of Tunisian youth”

o   Chérif Khaznadar: “From the Nahda to the Arab Spring”

1.2 Arab heritage & cultural diversity

1.2.1 The marks of Arab immigration in America

o   Introduction by Leyla Bartet

o   João Baptista de Medeiros Vargens: “Arab integration in Brazil”

o   R. Stephen Humphreys: “Arabs and Arab Identity in American Life”

1.2.2 Diversity in the lands of Islam

o   Anna Parzymies: “Arab-Muslim culture in Poland”

o   Yordan Peev: “Arabness and Islam in the Balkans”

o   Jamal al-Shalabi: “Religious diversity in Jordan: a model for peace in the Middle East”

1.2.3 Conclusion by Mohamed Berrada: “Arab cultural heritage and diversity faced with the questions of the future”

Part Two: 10th award ceremony of the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture

2.1 Opening addresses

-        Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

-       Mr Abdullah al-Owais, Director-General of the Department of Culture and Information of the Government of Sharjah

-      Mr Abdullah Alneaimi, Permanent Delegate of the United Arab Emirates to UNESCO

2.2    Presentation of the prizewinners by Isabella Camera d’Afflitto, President of the International Jury

2.3 Interviews with the prizewinners

-                    Elias Khoury: “Every genre of writing is committed”

-                    João Baptista de Medeiros Vargens: “Translation: an axis of communication and interaction between the Arab world and Latin America”


I.    Sharjah and its Prize

II.   Profile of the 2011 prizewinners

III. The International Jury

IV. List of winners of the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture 2001-2011

V. Statutes of the Prize


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