February 28, 2024

The Ibn Battuta Award for Travel Literature

The Ibn Battuta Award for Travel Literature

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The sponsor of the award, poet Mohammed Ahmed Al-Suwaidi, congratulated the winners and expressed his admiration for the efforts of the scientific committee and the judging panel for this year. He commended their outstanding work, highlighting the striking diversity in the travel destinations depicted in the winning works. The works this year covered four continents, illustrating the richness that the library of travel literature in Arab culture has attained.

Al-Suwaidi conveyed his immense joy for the impactful presence that the award has achieved in the lives of writers and researchers. Through the contributions it made to the travel literature archive this year and over nearly a quarter of a century since its establishment, the award filled a significant gap in a field where Arabs have historically excelled, dating back to the eighth and ninth centuries. He paid tribute to the medieval Arab explorer, Ibn Battuta, whose journeys have become a precious human legacy.

Al-Suwaidi emphasized the significance of the annual celebration of the Ibn Battuta Award in Tangier, the birthplace of Ibn Battuta, which was agreed upon in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture in Morocco. He highlighted the first step taken in a grand celebration at the end of the previous year. Al-Suwaidi concluded by announcing the recent launch, in collaboration with Arab academies, of the project “The Global Encyclopedia of Hajj Journeys” by the Arab Center for Geographic Literature – Horizon Exploration. Dedicated to the spirit of Sheikh Zayed, the encyclopedia, both in print and electronic formats, will encompass accomplished and future Hajj journeys, including research, studies, and translations. Agreements for scientific and literary cooperation have been signed with several universities in Europe.

Source: Mohammed Al-Suwaidi

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