During its sixth meeting held on 5 and 6 November 2007 the International Jury for the Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture evaluated 28 candidatures from 23 Member States. The Director-General awards the prize of US$50,000, to be shared equally, to the two laureates recommended by the Jury (one from an Arab Member State and the other from a non-Arab Member State).
Professor Aladine Lolah (Arab Republic of Syria)
Dr Aladine Lolah is a professor at the School of Architecture and Director of the Institute for Arab History and Sciences of the University of Aleppo. He studied at the University of Aleppo, the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the Institut d'urbanisme of the University of Paris.
Dr Lolah has had a distinguished career as a professor in both Syria and France, where he was invited to lecture on the history of Arab cities at the Sorbonne in 1984. He is a member of the Institut français du Proche-Orient. In addition to his teaching activities, Dr Lolah is also responsible for the protection and safeguarding of the historic centre of Aleppo and its modern environs. Together with renowned experts and architects, he has participated in numerous international encounters and research projects that have contributed to the dissemination of scientific theory regarding Islamic architecture in Arab countries and elsewhere around the world. He has overseen some twenty publications related to research in this field.
Professor Shah Abdus Salam (India)
Dr Salam received his academic training at the University of Lucknow in India and various universities in the United States, notably the University of Minnesota, where he was lecturer in the department of South Asian Studies. Currently a professor at the University of New Delhi, Dr Salam has taught various graduate and post-graduate courses in Arabic literature over the past two decades and has conducted abundant research in the fields of Arab literature and culture. To date, over thirty research papers prepared by Dr Salam have appeared in national and international journals. Thanks to his mastery of languages, in particular Arabic and Urdu, he has written and translated over twenty publications in the areas of poetry, literature and history, including several children's books on the life of the Prophet Mohammad. His publications have been widely disseminated in India as well as in North America, the United Kingdom, France, and Saudi Arabia.
The award ceremony takes place in the presence of Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, the Director-General of UNESCO, and H. E. Mr Saif Sultan Mubarak Al-Aryani, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO.