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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)

Plenary Meeting focusing on Turkey
Imogen Cooper, pianist, Humanitas Visiting Professor of Classical Music and Music Education, 2012-2013
Journalists Edward Lucas, Deborah Rayner and Nabila Ramdani talking to ISD's Weidenfeld Scholars, June 2012
HE Karel Schwarzenberg, Czech Foreign Minister, addresses an invited audience at an ISD policy breakfast, October 2011
Midori, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Classical Music and Music Education, October 2013
The 14th Policy Planner’s Network Conference, September 2013, Helsinki, Finland,
Dr Suraya Dalil, Afghan Minister of Health, speaking at the Weidenfeld Debate, Oxford, May 2013
The 19th Plenary Meeting of the Club of Three, May 2013
The Oxford–Weidenfeld Prize is for book-length literary translations into English from any living European language.
Gretchen Daily, Inaugural Humanitas Visiting Professor in Sustainability Studies, October-November 2013
Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Media, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman Google, January 2013
Visit of delegation from Shanghai Jiao Tong University to ISD, London, September 2013
US consultation of the Engaging Turkey Initiative, Washington DC, 27-28 June 2013
Preventing and Countering Far Right Extremism And Radicalisation: European Cooperation Workshop
Margaret MacMillan, Humanitas Visiting Professor in War Studies, February 2014
David Der-wei Wang, Humanitas Visiting Professor in Chinese Studies, May 2014