Syracuse University Press is proud to announce Roger Allen as winner of the 2012 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for his notable translation of A Muslim Suicide by Bensalem Himmich. The Banipal Prize is an annual award honoring the top English translation(s) of a full-length Arabic work of literary merit. Judging both the Arabic original and the English translation, the 4 panel members are of knowledgeable background as poets, authors, broadcasters, and translators. They described the winning translation as “A highly challenging, yet deeply enriching read… a major achievement.”
SU Press Director Alice Pfeiffer also feels strongly about the decision stating, “Syracuse University Press is delighted and gratified to see Roger Allen receive this prestigious award. The Prize will bring well-deserved attention to Bensalem Himmich’s remarkable novel.”
The award ceremony for the translation prizes will be held Monday, February 4that King’s Place in London with readings and lectures by the prize winners. Tuesday, February 5th, Roger Allen will host a masterclass on Arabic literary translation and a conversation with the author of A Muslim Suicide Bensalem Himmich, followed by a reception.
Mark Monmonier’s Fall 2012 title Lake Effect: Tales of Large Lakes, Arctic Winds, and Recurrent Snows has received a great amount of positive attention upon publication this September. The most recent, and highly honorable award, was presented on behalf of the Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) for the book’s strong examination of lake-effect snow and its prominent connection to the history of the Great Lakes region. Congratulations to Mark Monmonier for the ASLI’s Choice 2012 History Award- Honorable Mention!
The ASLI’s Choice is an annual award to honor the best book of the year in the fields of meteorology, climatology, and atmospheric sciences. Nominated books from each year are judged by a committee chair on uniqueness, comprehensiveness, usefulness, quality, authoritativeness, organization, illustrations/diagrams, competition, and references.
The winners are posted to the ASLI listserv and to the ASLI website after the announcement at the annual AMS conference, January 9, 2013. More information on the award can be found at the ASLI website.
Farzaneh Milani’s Words, Not Swords: Iranian Women Writers and the Freedom of Movement and Kamran Talattof’s Modernity, Sexuality, and Ideology in Iran: The Life and Legacy of a Popular Female Artist are co-recipients of the Latifeh Yarshater Book Award presented by the International Society of Iranian Studies.
The award, announced this month at the organization’s annual conference in Turkey, comes after Milani was named “Woman of the Year” by the Iranian Women Studies Foundation in June. In Words, Not Swords, Milani challenges what she sees as the narrow Western stereotype of the shrouded, oppressed Muslim woman who is a captive of her faith and her veil. Milani—born and raised in Tehran and educated in French and American schools—used the lens of poetry, prose and film to argue in the book that Iranian women’s true struggle is not against the veil, but for freedom of movement – the ability to choose where to go.
In conferring the award on Kamran Talattof’s Modernity, Sexuality, and Ideology in Iran, the committee noted with appreciation the originality of the treatment of the theme of sexuality and its role in shaping, promoting, or hindering modernity in Iran. By focusing mainly on the life of one woman, Talattof creates a lively and thought provoking discussion of certain major political, social and cultural trends in modern Iran through finding the intersections between Shahrzad’s personal and public life and placing it within modern Iran’s past and present, its elite and popular cultures, thereby illuminating the central role played by what Talattof calls the tension between “Iranian modernity and traditional sexuality” in defining Iranian society.
The Arab American National Museum has revealed the Arab American Book Award Winners of 2012. Syracuse University Press title, Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, and Belonging, edited by Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber, was announced as the Winner of the Evelyn Shakir Non-Fiction Award. Modern Arab American Fiction: A Reader’s Guide, another Syracuse University Press title, edited by Steven Salaita, received Honorable Mention for the Non-Fiction category.
Both awarded titles tastefully represent the Arab American National Museum’s mission by preserving the history, culture, and contributions of Arab Americans through literature. Congratulations to our wonderful editors!
For the complete list of Arab American Book Awards, you can visit the Arab American National Museum website.
Iroquois History Remembered through Herbert H. Lehman Prize Winner, Seven Generations of Iroquois Leadership
Laurence M. Hauptman’s book, Seven Generations of Iroquois Leadership, is an epic study of North American history that captures the significance and shaping of the Six Nations. Tracing back 200 years, it focuses on the commitment of heroic Iroquois leaders in overcoming past to present day historical struggles. Not only does Hauptman’s book highlight the importance of these leaders, but it also studies the key role feminine leaders play in Iroquois survival.
One of the many positive reviews, by author Carl Benn, states, “With his usual scholarship, clarity, and passion, Laurence Hauptman has made another important contribution to understanding the Iroquois world, in this case through a fascinating exploration of the men and women who provided leadership in addressing the challenges faced by the Six Nations over the last two centuries.” This book is a powerful, educational read for students of many ages as it portrays momentous Iroquois learning, while also touching on important life values.
It goes without surprise that this esteemed title is recognized for its distinguished scholarship as the winner of the 2012 Herbert H. Lehman Prize. The prize, named in honor of Governor Herbert H. Lehman, is part of the New York Academy of History’s mission to promote and honor outstanding historical research and writing. Seven Generations of Iroquois Leadership will not only be a commemoration of Iroquois History, but will continue to further encourage the appreciation and study of History throughout New York.
The Herbert H. Lehman Prize will be awarded to Laurence M. Hauptman on April 12th at the Century Association in New York.