The Six:The International Prize for Arabic Fiction shortlist

International Prize for Arabic Fiction shortlist was announced on Tuesday night. (Shutterstock)
Updated 06 February 2019
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The Six:The International Prize for Arabic Fiction shortlist

DUBAI: The International Prize for Arabic Fiction shortlist was announced on Tuesday night, with these six books set to compete for the top prize.

‘The Outcast’
Iraqi native Inaam Kachachi based the book on a true story that spans the history of modern Iraq. The book revolves around Taj Al-Muluk, a journalist and female owner of the first magazine in Iraq.

‘The Night Mail’
Lebanese author Hoda Barakat tells the stories of letter writers in her book. The writers’ fates are intertwined.

‘The Commandments’
Written by Egyptian author Adel Esmat, the novel follows the Dar Selim family in Egypt through several generations starting in the 1920s until the 1970s.

‘Summer with the Enemy’
A novel by Syrian author Shahla Ujayli tells the story of a young girl who flees her country due to war and goes to the city of Cologne in Germany.

‘Cold White Sun’
Jordanian Kafa Al-Zoubi tells the story of a young Jordanian man who is an impoverished teacher alienated from society.
 

‘What Sin Caused her to Die’
Moroccan author Mohammed Al-Maazuz writes of a return to philosophy, goodness and beauty in the fight against ugly distortions of human nature. The main character endures difficult times, but is determined to remain hopeful.

 


What We Are Reading Today: Revolutionizing the Sciences by Peter Dear

Updated 16 February 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: Revolutionizing the Sciences by Peter Dear

  • The book reflects on the origins of scientific practice in early modern Europe

This thoroughly revised third edition of an award-winning book offers a keen insight into how the scientific revolution happened and why. Covering central scientific figures, including Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, and Bacon, this new edition features greater treatment of alchemy and associated craft activities to reflect trends in current scholarship.

The book reflects on the origins of scientific practice in early modern Europe. Peter Dear traces the revolution in thought that changed the natural world from something to be contemplated into something to be used, says a review on the Princeton University Press website.

Concise and readable, this book is ideal for students who are studying the scientific revolution and its impact on the early modern world. The first edition was the winner of the Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize of the History of Science Society.