SBA accepts applications for ‘Turjuman’ - GulfToday

SBA accepts applications for ‘Turjuman’


The Award is open to international publishing houses that have published translations of an original publication in Arabic.

The Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) has announced that it will continue to receive applications for the fourth edition of the prestigious Sharjah Translation Award ‘Turjuman’ until 1 September 2020.

The award aims to promote Arabic titles globally by encouraging international translators and publishers to pick up titles written by renowned Arab authors and translate them for audiences worldwide, thereby contributing to global appreciation of Arabic literature and enhancing cross-cultural communication.

The Turjuman Award is open to international publishing houses, which have published translations of an original publication in Arabic. Publishers may submit more than one work for the jury’s consideration at the following link:

The winner will be announced during the upcoming Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF), slated to take place in November 2020.

Since its debut during the 35th edition of Sharjah International Book Fair in 2016, the Turjuman Award has contributed to expanding the scope of Arabic publishing, given international readers access to Arabic books, and allowed them to explore the Arabic literary legacy.

The award has also played a vital role in supporting the promotion of Arab culture and civilisation.

The debut edition of the Turjuman Award was won by the Spanish publishing house Editorial Verbum for translating and publishing One Thousand and One Nights. Actes Sud, a French publishing house, won the second edition of the award for its French translation of The Nature of Despotism by Syrian author Abdul Rahman Al Kawakibi.

Italian publisher ‘Edizioni E/O’ received the third edition of the Award for its Italian translation of the novel A Small Death (Mawt Sagheer) by Saudi author Mohammed Hasan Alwan.


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