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1ST INDIAN TO WIN ARAB WORLD NOBEL PRIZE

1ST INDIAN TO WIN ARAB WORLD NOBEL PRIZE

Context

Dr Tahera Qutbuddin became the first person of Indian-origin to win the 15th Sheikh Zayed Book Award.

Details

  • The Sheikh Zayed Book Award is considered to be the Nobel Prize of the Arab world.
  • She was awarded for her latest book, “Arabic Oration – Art and Function” published by Brill Academic Publishers of Leiden in 2019.
  • In the book, she puts forth a comprehensive theory of Arabic literature in its foundational oral period dating the seventh and eighth centuries AD.
  • She serves on the editorial board of NYU Abu Dhabi’s Library of Arabic Literature.

About Sheikh Zayed Book Award

  • It is a literary award begun in the UAE.
  • Presented yearly to "Arab writers, intellectuals, publishers as well as young talent whose writings and translations of humanities have scholarly and objectively enriched Arab cultural, literary and social life."

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