Hosting the Winners of Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2024

Date : Wednesday 1 May 2024 
Time : 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Venue : Library, SUAD Campus


Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi hosts the winners of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2024

About the Winner

Dr Ahmed
Dr Ahmed Somai is a writer, translator, and professor of higher education in modern and contemporary Italian language and literature at the Tunisian University (Manouba). He retired in 2018 after 38 years in higher education and holds a PhD in modern and contemporary Italian literature from Sorbonne University Paris 3. He began teaching at the Faculty of Literature in Tunis in 1980 and held several positions, including head of the languages department and coordinator of the Italian section.

Dr. Somai contributed to the writing of the first textbooks for teaching the Italian language in Tunisian institutes. His research focuses on the characteristics of modern and contemporary Italian literature, the history of Tunisian-Italian relations, and the Italian community in Tunisia, for which he authored the book ‘Italian Bibliography about Tunisia’.

Dr. Somai is a highly respected scholar of Italo Calvino and has dedicated most of his activity to translating works from Italian to Arabic and vice-versa, as well as from French to Italian and vice-versa. He has published many literary and scientific translations and is preparing to publish five new translations of various books and novels in 2024 and 2025.

About the Book

La Scienza Nuova – The New Science

Dr. Somai stands out for skilfully transferring the terminology, structure, formulation, and context in which it was mentioned in Arabic. Furthermore, the translator included a notable introduction, as well as extensive annotations to help clarify the ideas and information presented in the text, making his translation a significant addition for the Arabic library.

About the Winner

Dr Houssem
Dr Houssem Eddine Chachia is a Tunisian academic specialising in modern history at Tunis University.

He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Murcia in Spain and a visiting researcher at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University in the United States.
His research focuses mainly on the Moriscos, on which he has published numerous studies and books in Arabic, Spanish, and English. His works include ‘Tunisia, the Mediterranean, and the Moriscos’ (co-published with Tunisian Academic Press in 2023), a Spanish book titled ‘Between Two Banks: The Noble Morisco Path from Murcia to Tunisia’ (co-published with Murcia Academic Press in 2017), and ‘The Sephardic and Moriscos: The Journey of Expulsion and Installation in the Maghreb’ (Arab Institute for Studies and Publishing, 2015). He has also edited the book ‘Nasir aldiyn ealaa alqawm alkafirina’ by the Morisco Ahmad ibn Qasim al-Hajari.

Dr.Chachia has received several grants and awards, including the Young Researcher Award in History 2020, presented by the Beit Al-Hikma in Tunisia, the Ibn Battuta Award for Travel Literature 2015 in the studies and manuscript editing category, and the 2009 Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs award for translation.

About the Book

The Morisco Landscape Narratives of Expulsion in Modern Spanish Thought

The work sheds light on the expulsion of the Moriscos who had remained in Spain, addresses its socio-cultural dimensions, and explores the relation between memory and historic identity. The researcher makes a notable effort in investigating and documenting facts while ensuring analytical and critical presentation. The study presents historical material documented in Spanish on the subject, offering an interdisciplinary historical study of civilizations and their relationships from a scientific perspective.


Dr Hana
Dr Hana Subhi is a professor and researcher, French language and Literature, Translation Studies at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. She earned a Ph.D. in Modern French Literature, Sorbonne University-Paris. She won the Prize of The International Organization of the Francophonie, Ibn Khaldun-Senghor 2014, for the Translation of the French Philosopher Edgar Morin’s Book “The Humanity of Humanity, Human Identity.”

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