Sunday, January 24, 2010
Abu Dhabi: The "Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Best Contribution to the Development of the Nation" went this year to Ammar Ali Hasan from Egypt for his book "The Political Establishment of Sufism in Egypt (by Dar Al- Ain Publishing, 2009).
The Award's Advisory Council's recognition came as a result of the unique topic the book discusses and the research and analysis methodologies the author implemented to present his findings.
The Council named the winning book "a remarkable addition" to the Sufism studies, and the larger knowledge base of the different Islamic movements and sects.
The Secretary General of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, Rashed Al Oraimi, also announced Mohammad Al Mallakh from Morocco the winner of the "Young Author" category for his book "Time in Arabic Language: its Linguistic Structure and Significance" (Arab Scientific Publishing, Inc., 2009 ).
Al Oraimi explained that the winning book provided a solid academic approach in tackling such an important linguistic study. "The book followed a scientific methodology that combined the accuracy of Arabic terminology and concepts", Al Oraimi elaborated.
The panel of six judges will remain anonymous to maintain the independence and integrity of the announcement process until after the awarding ceremony takes place.
The winners of the six Award categories will be announced throughout the coming weeks, to be followed by a grand ceremony to celebrate the winning achievements on 3rd of March 2010 at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, parallel to the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.