Mumbai-born academician Dr. Tahera Qutbuddin, a professor of Arabic Literature, Department of NELC, University of Chicago, has recently been adjudged the winner of the 15th Sheikh Zayed Book Award.
- Dr. Tahera Qutbuddin is the first person from India to win the prestigious prize
- She won the award for her recent book Arabic Oration: Art and Function, published by Brill Academic Publishers of Leiden in 2019.
About Dr. Tahera Qutbuddin:
- Dr. Tahera, a U.S. citizen, was born in the prominent Qutbuddin family and grew up in south Mumbai.
- She completed her early education in Fort Convent, Presentation Convent in Kodaikanal, Villa Theresa High School, and Sophia College in Mumbai.
- She is a professor of Arabic Literature, Department of NELC, University of Chicago.
About the Award:
- The Sheikh Zayed Book Award is a literary award begun in the UAE.
- It is 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.
- The award was established in memory of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the principal architect of United Arab Emirates, the authoritarian ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the UAE for over 30 years (1971–2004).
- The first award was in 2007.
- The total value of the prizes is DH 7,000,000 making it one of the richest literary awards in the world.