Top of page Skip navigation
ISD Areas of Work


ISD Initiatives


48 Charles Street,
London W1J 5EN
info@strategicdialogue.org Tel: +44 (0) 20 7493 9333
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7493 4909

International Prize for Arabic Fiction 

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction has developed into one of the most prestigious international prizes for Arabic literature. The Institute of Strategic Dialogue, which developed the prize in collaboration with the Booker Prize Foundation and the Emirates Foundation, was instrumental in establishing the award and facilitating it as a sustainable and independent initiative.

The prize is designed to promote Arabic literary merit and to encourage wider reading and writing in the Arab world. It also aims to promote global translations and regular exchanges between Arab and Western publishers and writers. The prize was launched in Abu Dhabi in April 2007. Submissions from publishers are called at the end of April every year. A panel of six international judges, made up of literary experts, publishers and academics, are selected each year in July. The shortlist of six winning titles is announced at two simultaneous press conferences in London and Abu Dhabi in January. The prize is announced at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair in March.

In the prize's first year, over 130 titles from 18 different countries were submitted for judicial review, a number which has continued to grow ever since. Each shortlisted author receives US $10,000, with the winner receiving a further $50,000.

For more information on the International Prize for Arabic Fiction click here

Previous Winners:

2009 – Azazeel (Beelzebub), Youssef Ziedan (Egypt)

2008 – Sunset Oasis, Baha Taher (Egypt)

Participants watch a presentation during ISD's second Social Media and Intolerance workshop, July 2012
Alastair Campbell, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Media at the University of Cambridge, November 2013
US consultation of the Engaging Turkey Initiative, Washington DC, 27-28 June 2013
Meeting of the Turkey Task Force, Istanbul, 13-14 April 2013
A bright start to the new academic year for the new Weidenfeld Scholars
David Der-wei Wang, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Chinese Studies, May 2014
Midori, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Classical Music and Music Education, October 2013
Dr Suraya Dalil, Afghan Minister of Health, speaking at the Weidenfeld Debate, Oxford, May 2013
Vik Muniz, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Contemporary Art, May 2014
Mona Siddiqui, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Women's Rights, March 2014
Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Media, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman Google, January 2013
The Oxford–Weidenfeld Prize is for book-length literary translations into English from any living European language.
Humanitas Visiting Professor in the History of Art, Philippe de Montebello, University of Cambridge, November 2012
Members of the Phoenix Network at a meeting hosted by ISD with the Three Faiths Forum and the British Council, March 2012
Leading activists from pro-democracy movements in the Middle East, speaking at a Weidenfeld Debate, February 2012
Rowan Williams, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Interfaith Studies, January 2014
Preventing and Countering Far Right Extremism And Radicalisation: European Cooperation Workshop
Imogen Cooper, pianist, Humanitas Visiting Professor of Classical Music and Music Education, 2012-2013
Kelly Reichardt, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Film and Television, May 2014