Former Members of the International Jury

Mohammed Berrada (Morocco) is a novelist writing in Arabic and teacher at the University of Rabat. He is considered to be the figurehead of the modern Moroccan novel. He was a member of the literary movement Attajrib and, from 1976 to 1983, President of the Union of Moroccan Writers. He is a member of the advisory board of the North African literary magazine Prologue.

Isabella Camera d’Afflitto (Italy), translator and Arabist, is Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the University of Rome La Sapienza. She is on the editorial board of the academic journal Oriente Moderno and member of the European Meeting of Teachers of Arabic Literature and the European Union of Arabists and Islamicists. She has been awarded various prestigious Italian prizes, in particular for her translations from Arabic.

Assia Djebar (Algeria, absent) is a French-language Algerian writer. She has written several novels, essays and dramas that are translated into more than twenty languages. Her fight for causes such as women’s emancipation, etc., makes her one of the most important and influential authors in the Maghreb. She entered the “Académie française” in 2005. She lives between France, Algeria and the United States where she teaches French literature in the University of New York.

R. Stephen Humphreys (USA) is Professor of History and Islamic Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has taught internationally (e.g., American University in Cairo, École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, and Oxford University) and has published numerous works on the history of Islam. Prof. Humphreys is the author of the acclaimed geopolitical analysis entitled Between Memory and Desire: The Middle East in a Troubled Age (1999, revised 2005), which explores major challenges facing Middle Easterners at the end of the 20th century.

 Youssou N’Dour (Senegal) is a composer, performer and musician of world renown. He has worked with internationally famous performers. A politically committed singer, he has organized concerts for Amnesty International, the humanitarian organization. His album Egypt, reflecting his in-depth knowledge of Arab music, won him a Grammy Award (USA) in the best contemporary world music album category.


Hiam Abbas © P. Quaisse

Hiam Abbass (France) is born in 1960 and grew up in a village in north Galilee. Starting her career as a film actress, settles in France; her role in Tunisian Raja Amari’s Red Satin brings her fame. Thereafter she works with prominent filmmakers of the Middle East, Yousry Nasrallah (Gate of the Sun, 2004) Amos Gitaï (Free Zone, 2005), and Eran Riklis (The lemon trees, 2008). Very rapidly she is much sought after by French filmmakers (Patrice Chéreau, Jean Becker, Nicolas Saada), and also by Jim Jarmusch (The Limits of Control, 2009), Thomas McCarthy (The Visitor, 2007) or Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, 2007). Polyglot and an expert on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Hiam Abbass also advised Spielberg on the sets of Munich (2005).

Ahmed Djebbar © All Rights Reserved

Ahmed Djebbar (Algeria) is a mathematician. Professor Emeritus at the University of Science and Technology of Lille, he is also a research scientist in history of mathematics, associated with the C.N.R.S. (U.M.R. 8524), specializing in medieval Arab mathematics of al-Andalus, Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa. Member of the editorial board of several international journals (LLull, Zaragoza; Journal for the History of Arabic Science, Syria; Tarikh-e-Ilm ,Iran), he is also vice-president of Transcultura (chaired by Umberto Eco) since 2008, as well as of the International Institute for Policy Research of Civilization (chaired by Edgar Morin) since 2009. He has several publications to his credit, among other works, A history of Arabic science(Seuil, 2001), the Arabic algebra, Genesis of an art(Vuibert-Adapt, 2005) and Les Découvertes en pays d’Islam (Le Pommier, 2009).

Amadou Mailele © All Rights Reserved

Amadou Mailele (Niger), has an arts background, is a politician and diplomat. After various experiences as a teacher in Niamey, as well as several years as a researcher and Assistant Professor at the University, Amadou Mailele is, from 1997 to 2007, Senior Advisor of Niger's Prime Minister, before becoming special advisor to the President of the Republic of Niger between 2008 and 2010. In 2007 and 2011, he represents the Niger at the Executive Board of UNESCO, where, in November 2011, he becomes Chairman of the Programme and External Relations of the 36e General Conference. He has published several scientific works, including the literary expression of the colonial tragedy in Negro African drama  19501960, a study of the image of Africa in Journey to the end of night of Celine (1977) and a thematic study and bibliography of African novel(Grenoble III, 1978).

Gema Martín Muñoz © EFE

Gema Martin Muñoz is an Arabist by training, she teaches sociology of the Arab-Muslim world at the Autonomous University of Madrid. She is also interested in the relationship between the Islamic and western world.

In 2006, she founded the Casa Arabe and its International Institute of Arab and Muslim World Studies (IEAM) and was the Director-General until 2012. She was also a member of the Advisory Board of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures.

She has to her credit, several essays on contemporary Arab-Muslim world, including El Islam y el Mundo Arabe. Guía didáctica para profesores y formadores (Islam and the Arab world. Teaching Guidelines for teachers and trainers", AECI, 1996) and Islam from Phobia to Understanding (ed. and author). Human Architecture. Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge (Vol. VIII, 2010).

Farhan Nizami © UNESCO / C. Baïlleul

Farhan Nizami (India/United Kingdom) is a Prince of Wales Fellow in the study of the Islamic World, Magdalen College, Oxford and the Founder Director of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Farhan Nizami studied Modern History at Wadham College. From 1983 he has been a Fellow of St Cross College: Rothman’s Fellow in Muslim History, subsequently Fellow in Islamic Studies, and currently Emeritus Fellow. He is a member of the Faculties of History and Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford. He is Founder Editor of the Journal of Islamic Studies (OUP, 1990-); Series Editor, Makers of Islamic Civilization (OUP, 2004-). He specializes in Muslim social and intellectual history.

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Andrey Smirnov has published a large number of books and articles in which he addresses different aspects of classical Arab culture: Islamic doctrinal thought, Sufi legacy, Arabic language and grammar, Islamic art, especially ornament Arab philosophy and ethics.

He heads the Philosophy of Islamic World department at the Institute of Philosophy where a systematic program of research is implemented. His works were translated into English, Italian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Persian, and Japanese.

Smirnov is the editor of “Philosophy of Islamic World” academic series that he initiated. He is also the Deputy Chief Editor of the “Philosophical Journal” published by the Institute of Philosophy in Moscow, where many articles on different aspects of Arab culture appear.

He has been teaching different courses in Arab culture and thought in leading Russian universities for more than twenty years. He heads the Oriental division at the Faculty of Philosophy in the Russian State Academic University of Humanities, where Arabists are trained in the field of Arab philosophy and thought.

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