Shar­jah Ruler tells book fair that ed­u­ca­tion is key to ter­ror­ism fight

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It is through ed­u­ca­tion that we can rid the re­gion of the scourge of ter­ror­ism, the Shar­jah Ruler yes­ter­day said.

“The most ef­fec­tive way to face neg­a­tive forces is through ed­u­ca­tion and up­bring­ing from an early age, all the way through to univer­sity,” said Dr Sheikh Sul­tan bin Mo­ham­mad Al Qasimi as he ad­dressed vis­i­tors to the Frank­furt In­ter­na­tional Book Fair in Ger­many.

“This will em­power in­di­vid­u­als and de­velop their crit­i­cal thinking and de­ci­sion-mak­ing skills.”

Sheikh Sul­tan praised the con­struc­tive role Shar­jah Youth and Sa­jaya Young Ladies of Shar­jah or­gan­i­sa­tions have played in en­cour­ag­ing cre­ativ­ity in the emi­rate’s young minds as he en­dorsed in­ter­na­tional book fairs.

“Tak­ing part in dif­fer­ent in­ter­na­tional fairs and ex­hi­bi­tions pro­vides a plat­form to com­mu­ni­cate with other cul­tures, en­hance dia­logue and pro­mote the lit­er­ary and sci­en­tific val­ues of the Arab and Is­lamic world, as well as draw on in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise,” Sheikh Sul­tan said.

Con­cerned at the lack of appreciation shown to Ara­bic cul­ture and lit­er­a­ture, Sheikh Sul­tan hoped his visit to the fair and his lead­er­ship of the Shar­jah edi­tion – to be held on Novem­ber 1 – will act as a sign that writ­ers’ and pub­lish­ers’ work is val­ued.

“It is im­por­tant that we are sup­port­ing au­thors, il­lus­tra­tors, pub­lish­ers and other ex­perts to de­velop the qual­ity and quan­tity of lit­er­a­ture,” he said.

“Shar­jah’s cul­tural ini­tia­tives re­store con­fi­dence and sup­port in­tel­lec­tu­als in the Arab world, many of whom had been dis­heart­ened with a lack of re­spect and recog­ni­tion, in ad­di­tion to the launch of chil­dren’s pro­grammes, to build a new gen­er­a­tion of writ­ers, po­ets and in­tel­lec­tu­als.”

Sheikh Sul­tan also used the oc­ca­sion to launch the Ger­man edi­tion of his book, The Con­flict be­tween Power and Trade in the Gulf, which this year was also pub­lished in English and French.

The event was part of a range of ini­tia­tives run by UAE cul­tural bod­ies in Frank­furt, led by the Shar­jah del­e­ga­tion.

On Wed­nes­day, Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, founder of pub­lish­ing house Kal­i­mat Group, ad­dressed a panel on the op­por­tu­ni­ties that lit­er­a­ture trans­la­tion pre­sented.

She said: “The ini­tial idea of us­ing part­ner­ships to have rights deals with dif­fer­ent pub­lish­ers really opens doors as a pub­lisher, not only for cul­tural ex­change, but also to make sure that chil­dren in other parts of the world can un­der­stand more about our sto­ries,” she said. “It can act as an agent of soft diplo­macy and make this world a bet­ter place.”

Abu Dhabi Cul­ture and Tourism was also at Frank­furt, host­ing sem­i­nars em­pha­sis­ing Ger­man and Ara­bic cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tions and the chal­lenges fac­ing to re­gional pub­lish­ers.

Yes­ter­day, Emi­rati au­thor and aca­demic Saeed Ham­dan Al­tunaji and Ger­man lit­er­ary scholar Klaus Re­ichert dis­cussed the value of trans­lat­ing Ger­man lit­er­ary clas­sics to Ara­bic.

Also yes­ter­day, the pavil­ion hosted a dis­cus­sion on book piracy and in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights in the Arab world.

On the in­ter­na­tional front, block­buster au­thor Dan Brown launched the Ger­man trans­la­tion of his lat­est novel, Ori­gins.

With the lat­est novel find­ing the au­thor’s hero, the sym­bol­o­gist Robert Lang­don, solv­ing a case in­volv­ing clues found in mod­ern art­works, Brown said that the planned Guggen­heim Abu Dhabi would have been an ideal set­ting for Ori­gins.

“I think if that build­ing was fin­ished when I started this book there would have been a good chance the plot would have moved to Abu Dhabi,” he said. “Call me when [The Lou­vre Abu Dhabi] is done. I want to see it.”

Cul­ture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

Dr Sheikh Sul­tan bin Mo­hammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Shar­jah,sec­ond left, vis­its the pavil­ion of the Depart­ment of Cul­ture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi at the Frank­furt In­ter­na­tional Book Fair

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