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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)

Ian Bostridge, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Classical Music and Music Education, 2014-2015
The Inaugural Hoffmann Lecture with Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International, February 2013
General Michael Hayden, Inaugural Humanitas Visiting Professor in Intelligence Studies, February 2014
A bright start to the new academic year for the new Weidenfeld Scholars
Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Media, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman Google, January 2013
Mona Siddiqui, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Women's Rights, March 2014
Margaret MacMillan, Humanitas Visiting Professor in War Studies, February 2014
Following the success of last year’s visit of European journalists to Nanjing, it is the turn of Chinese journalists to visit Europe.
US consultation of the Engaging Turkey Initiative, Washington DC, 27-28 June 2013
Weidenfeld Scholars' London Leadership Forum, 27-28 June 2013, London
Meeting of the Turkey Task Force, Istanbul, 13-14 April 2013
Rowan Williams, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Interfaith Studies, January 2014
The 19th Plenary Meeting of the Club of Three, May 2013
Imogen Cooper, pianist, Humanitas Visiting Professor of Classical Music and Music Education, 2012-2013
Humanitas Visiting Professor in Women's Rights, Ambassador Melanne Verveer, University of Cambridge, March 2013
Humanitas Visiting Professor in Chamber Music 2012, Robert Levin, University of Cambridge, October 2012
Humanitas Visiting Professorship in the History of Ideas, Professor Lorraine Daston, January 2013
Journalists Edward Lucas, Deborah Rayner and Nabila Ramdani talking to ISD's Weidenfeld Scholars, June 2012

Weidenfeld Scholars' Practical Skills Workshop

Cumberland Lodge, 8 to 10 December 2014

Club of Three’s 20th Plenary Meeting

Paris, 5 December 2014

Vodafone Foundation Summit

Berlin, Germany, 4 December 2014