Four Moroccan writers and researchers distinguished themselves at the eighteenth edition of the Ibn Battouta Prize for Travel Literature, winning half of the prizes at stake. In the category “Contemporary travel: the new Sinbad”, the Moroccan writer and novelist Ahmed El Madini won the prize for his book “A Moroccan in Palestine: Nostalgia for the Moroccan Journey”, says the Arab Center for Geographical Literature-Discovery of Horizons.
The prize in the “Studies” category was gleaned by three Moroccans, namely Zouhir Soukah “Manifestations of the Orient in the narration of the German travel”, Ben Masoud Ayoub “The interference of genres in travel literature” and Mohamed Hatimi “The cognitive and literary in Moroccan travel”.
In the “Daily Diary” section, the Iraqi Farouk Youssef won the award for his book “Un poète arabe à New York : sur les pas de Frederico Garcia Lorca à Manhattan”(An Arab poet in New York: in the footsteps of Frederico Garcia Lorca in Manhattan). The Syrian Amarji won the Translation Prize for the translation of Guido Gozzano’s book “Toward the Cradle of the World: Letters from India”.
The prize for “Refined Travel Texts” was won jointly by the Egyptian researcher Mohammed Fathi Al Aasar and the Tunisian researcher Mohamed Zahi. According to the center, the award ceremony will take place in February 2020 in Morocco, on the sidelines of the Casablanca International Publishing and Book Fair (SIEL).
The jury of the eighteenth edition of the Ibn Battouta Prize for Travel Literature was composed of the Syrian critic Khaldoun Ach-chamaa, the Moroccan writer and translator Abdenebi Dakir, the Palestinian critic Abderrahmane Bsisou, the Palestinian researcher Ahmed Berkaoui, the Syrian writer Moufid Najem and the Iraqi theater critic Aouad Ali.
The first edition of the Ibn Batouta Prize, sponsored by the Emirati poet Mohamed Ahmed Souidi, took place in early 2003. The Prize is awarded annually to the best annotated works written in travel literature, in harmony with the House’s ambitions to revive Arab interest in geographical literature.