Bridging Cultures: Bait Al-Ghasham Dar Arab Translation Prize

By: Hassan

Content Manager at Omanspire. Works as a Scrum Master. Hassan has technical and web design experience.

Bridging Cultures: The Bait Al-Ghasham Dar Arab Translation Prize

The Bait Al-Ghasham Dar Arab International Translation Prize recently concluded its first year, celebrating exceptional achievements in translating Arabic literature into English. This initiative aims to promote cultural understanding and bridge the gap between the Arab world and the global audience.

Celebrating Literary Excellence

The prize awarded winners in two categories: authors and translators. The winning author, Yaseen Al-Saeedi, received recognition for his poetry collection “A Brief News of Worries.” In the translator category, Marilyn Booth’s work on Jean Dost’s book “Safe Passage” was chosen.

The event also featured a fascinating seminar, “Arabic Literature in the Balance of Translation.” The discussions explored the importance of translation, its challenges, and the unique characteristics of Arabic literature.

Enriching the Global Conversation

Panelists, including Dr. Khalid Al-Blushi and Suad Hussain, emphasized the need to break down stereotypes surrounding Arabic literature. They argued that the rich tapestry of Arab stories deserves wider recognition and can contribute significantly to the global literary landscape.

A Journey Between Two Worlds

Another session focused on the personal experiences of translators bridging the cultural gap. Participants like William Hutchins and Dr. Jokha Alharthi shared their journeys and the challenges they faced in conveying the essence of Arabic literature to English readers.

A Catalyst for Change

The Bait Al-Ghasham Dar Arab Translation Prize and its accompanying seminar highlight the growing importance of translation in a globalized world. By fostering cultural exchange and promoting diverse voices, such initiatives pave the way for a deeper understanding and appreciation of different cultures and perspectives.

Source: Oman Daily

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  • Hassan

    Content Manager at Omanspire. Works as a Scrum Master. Hassan has technical and web design experience.

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