Rabat – Moroccan historian and intellectual, Abdallah Laroui, has won “the Cultural Personality of the Year” as part of the 2016-1017 Sheikh Zayed Book Awards. The announcement was made on Wednesday.
Laroui is set to receive his prize along with the winners in the other award categories. The ceremony is scheduled to take place on April 30 at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.
Ali Bin Tamim, Secretary-General of the Sheikh Zayed Book Awards, said in a statement that Laroui’s win is the result of him climbing to the top of the intellectual and cultural mobility extended from Morocco to the Levant. His influence has penetrated the walls of scientific universities, including the field of Arabic political thought.
The officials of the annual award view the book, entitled “The Modern Arabic Ideology,” as representing a new period for reading the modern Arabic culture and the situations of elites’ thought during this period. The book was originally published in 1967.
They also praise the importance of combining intellectual study with the novel’s work and translation of the works of Laroui that have spanned over 50 years.
“[Laroui’s works] explains that the author is tenacious in knowledge and ready to face the obstacles of updating,” the officials said.
The official also said that the works of Laroui are today invaluable material for Arab culture, noting that his works are running through intersected and multiple directions of an intellectual system consisting of basic theories toward the philosophical visions.
The award is designed to honor intellectuals, researchers and writers, who have made remarkable contributions and innovations in language, literature, social science and modern culture.