SIEL 2022: Presentation of the Ibn Battouta Prizes for travel literature

The Minister of Youth, Culture and Communication, Mohamed Mehdi Bensaid, presented, on Sunday in Rabat, the Ibn Battouta Prizes for Travel Literature, awarded by the Arab Center for Geographical Literature – Discovery of the horizons “Irtiyad Al Afaq”. These prizes were won by 11 winners from different countries, on the sidelines of the 27th International Publishing and Book Fair (SIEL), during a meeting led by the critic Charafeddine Majdouline, in the presence of the director of the Arab Center for geographical literature, the Syrian poet Nouri Al Jarrah, the president of the jury, Abderrahman Basisou and the director of the Arab Foundation for Studies and Publication, Maher El Kayali. These prizes were awarded to Ammar Ali Hassan (Egypt), Issa Ouda Barhouma (Jordan), Lina Hoyan Al-Hassan (Syria), Hafed Qassem Saleh Sadiq (Yemen), Naima Al Housni (UAE), Youssef Waqas (Syria), Ahmed Said Najm (Palestine), Hadi Abdullah Tai (Iraq), Malek Deniz Ozdemir (Turkey), Ayman Hassan (Tunisia), Zahia Mounser (Algeria), Ahmed Zakaria (Egypt) and Mohamed Ainak (Morocco). The prizes awarded relate to the categories related to “Travel translated”, “Studies”, “Travel-made”, “Contemporary travel: the new Sindibad”, “Daily newspaper”, “Daily translated newspaper”, “Travel report” and to the “Translated travel report”. On this occasion, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Communication stressed that the Ibn Battouta Prize is a symbolic tribute to a unique and universal character (Moroccan, North African, African, Indian, Chinese, etc.), noting that this Prize which was launched in Rabat and returned there is the crowning achievement of an exemplary cultural partnership between the supervising department and the Arab Center for Geographical Literature. As part of this partnership, continued Mr. Bensaid, a series of initiatives and events will be organized, in a participatory manner, in Tangier, the birthplace of the traveler Ibn Battouta, with a view to highlighting the historical value of the journey of ‘Ibn Battuta “the greatest traveler”. For his part, the director of the Arab Center for Geographical Literature, Nouri Al-Jarrah, highlighted the historic leadership of Morocco and Moroccans for their contribution to the enrichment of the Arab literary library, particularly in the travel literature, highlighting the role of Moroccan academic institutions in encouraging researchers interested in travel literature and developing projects in this area. Mr. Al-Jarrah also noted that the prize, which has blown its second decade, has made it possible to quantitatively and qualitatively improve translations, studies and other categories related to travel literature, pointing out that Morocco has always been the starting and ending point of travel literature. For their part, Moroccan scholars, Chouaïb Halifi and Abdenebi Dakir, emphasized the qualitative contributions of Moroccan universities to promote travel literature and modern approaches in travel writing. The Ibn Battouta Prize, launched in 2003, rewards each year the best annotated and written works in travel literature.