LONDON: The Anglo-Kuwaiti Friendship Society held an award ceremony yesterday for the best book in English on Middle Eastern Studies under the sponsorship of the Sheikh Mubarak Abdullah Al-Mubarak Foundation. The names of the winners of the Abdullah Al-Mubarak Prize were announced at the virtual ceremony and jurors praised several books on Middle Eastern history.
The first prize was divided by writer Marina Rustow for her book “The Lost Archive: Traces of a Caliphate at a Cairo Synagogue” and Zeina Maasri for her book “Cosmopolitan Radicalism: The Visual Politics of Beirut’s Global Sixties”. The first book was published by Princeton University Press and the second by Cambridge University Press.
Khaled Al-Duwaisan, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to the United Kingdom, in a statement praised at the meeting the role of the prize in strengthening Arab-British relations, especially in the cultural and scientific fields. The prize management staff are keen to hold such a competition every year because of its positive impact on cultural relations between the UK and Kuwait, he said.
The representative of the Sheikh Mubarak Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah Foundation affirmed in remarks to the press the importance of the prize for the establishment of bridges of understanding and rapprochement between states and the promotion of dialogue between civilizations.
He claimed that the award is designed to support valuable research in English, also indicating that such valuable books can be of great help in efforts to bridge the gap and address misunderstandings between Western and Arab cultures. The prize, which annually attracts around fifty nominations from around twenty editors, rewards the best scientific work on the Middle East. The Anglo-Kuwaiti Friendship Society, headed by the Ambassador of Kuwait, was established in 1996. Honorary chiefs include Sheikha Dr Suad Al-Sabah and British Crown Prince Charles. – KUNA