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Jabra Ibrahim Jabra Manuscript Award

June 25, 2022 — The annual Jabra Ibrahim Jabra Manuscript Award will be presented to the best scholarly manuscript in English in the area of the contemporary and modern art history of the Arab world, Iran, and Turkey. The American University in Cairo Press, the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran and Turkey (AMCA), and the Barjeel Art Foundation are pleased to announce this new award underlining our strong commitment to furthering research in this vital area of scholarship. 

The award-winning manuscript will be published by the American University in Cairo Press with a generous provision from the Barjeel Art Foundation for the inclusion of full color illustrations. The American University in Cairo Press is the Middle East’s leading English-language academic book publisher. Its mission is to accurately reflect Egypt and the Middle East to a global readership in line with the main teaching and research interests of the American University in Cairo. 

The Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab world, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA) is a private, non-profit, non-political, international organization. An affiliate organization of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and the College Art Association (CAA), AMCA aims to advance the study of this emerging field through the creation of a network of interested scholars and organizations. 

Barjeel Art Foundation is an independent, UAE-based initiative established to manage, preserve and exhibit an extensive collection of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art. The foundation’s guiding principle is to contribute to the intellectual development of the art scene in the Arab region by building a prominent, publicly accessible art collection in the UAE. Part of this objective involves developing a public platform to foster critical dialogue around contemporary art practices with a focus on artists with Arab heritage internationally. 

The inaugural Jabra Ibrahim Jabra Manuscript Award of 2022 went to Sophie Kazan for her manuscript Dialogues of Tradition and Modernity: The Development of Contemporary Art of the United Arab Emirates.

The Jabra Ibrahim Jabra Award Criteria and Eligibility 

  • Any previously unpublished scholarly manuscript is eligible for submission 
  • Only single-authored manuscripts will be considered 
  • Translation of manuscripts into English is the author’s responsibility prior to submission
  • Manuscripts for the next award will be accepted until March 23, 2023. Award will be announced by May 30, 2023
  • By submitting your manuscript, you are agreeing that you are giving AUC Press the right of first refusal to publish your book 
  • The judging panel’s decision is final 

Please send submissions to info@amcainternational.org