Join us in congratulating Professor Michael Cooperson on winning the Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation.
Last year, the prize’s debut, awards were given for Arabic to and from English, Arabic to and from Turkish, and an “Achievement Award.” This year, the prizes were between Arabic and English, Arabic and Spanish, and there were three Achievement Awards.
According to the Sheikh Hamad Award website, $200,000 is awarded in each category. In each, there is a first prize ($100,000), a second ($60,000), and a third ($40,000). Making it a million dollars total.
The top winner from Arabic into English this year was Michael Cooperson, for his translation of the Virtues of the Imām Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal by Ibn al-Jawzī. This marks the second year that the top prize has gone to a Library of Arabic Literature project.
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More of Coopersons work can be found below:
Cooperson discusses his translation: ‘As Detailed a Picture of Ibn Hanbal’s World as We’re Likely to Get’