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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
22-09-2003 11:30 am UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will present the 2003 Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture to Moroccan writer Bin Salem Himmich and Bosnian professor Esad Duraković at a ceremony to be held at the Organization’s Headquarters on September 23 (Room XI, 7p.m.)

Novelist, poet and essayist, Bin Salem Himmich has published 26 books in Arabic and French. His literary works include Le Livre des fièvres et des sagesses (Rabat, 1992); Les courtiers des mirages (Beirut 1995); and Calife de l’épouvante (Le serpent à Plume, Paris, 1999). His research publications include Partant d’Ibn Khaldoun, penser la dépression (Anthropos, Paris 1987); Le Khaldounisme au miroir de la philosophie de l’histoire (Beirut, 1999); La francophonie et le drame de la littérature maghrébine d’expression française (Rabat, 2001); and La connaissance de l’autre (Rabat, 2001).

Esad Durakovic (Bosnia-Herzegovina) is a university professor, orientalist and translator of literary works from different historical periods of Arab culture, both ancient and modern. He has worked mainly on Taha Hussein, Khalil Gibran and Naguib Nahfouz. In 1999 he translated “The Thousand and One Nights” and the famous Mu’allaqat poems of the pre-Islamic period.

The Sharjah Prize – which awards each laureat US$25,000 - was created by UNESCO’s Executive Board in 1998, with funds provided by Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Ruler of Sharjah. It rewards the efforts of a national of an Arab country and a national of any other country, who have contributed, through their artistic, intellectual or promotional work, to the development and dissemination of Arab culture in the world.

Journalists wishing to attend the award ceremony should seek accreditation.
Please contact Bassam Mansour
Bureau of Public Information, Editorial Section
Tel: 01 45 68 18 54; email: b.mansour@unesco.org

Source Media advisory No 2003 - 75


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