May 12, 2011 23:36
PRAGUE: Saudi Arabia’s participation as the guest of honor in the 17th Prague International Book Fair 2011 is a recognition of the cultural and intellectual achievements of the country, Higher Education Minister Khaled Al-Anqari said on Thursday.
“The Ministry of Higher Education has been keen on participating in the fair in a manner matching the cultural leadership of the Kingdom,” Al-Anqari said after opening the Saudi pavilion at the four-day fair. He said nations should exchange knowledge and culture to achieve economic political and cultural cooperation among different peoples of the world.
The Kingdom will present scientific and cultural programs in which Saudi and Czech intellectuals will participate, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Seminars will be held on topics such as “The Role of Orientalism and Orientalists in Islamic Civilization,” “Social Changes in Saudi and Czech Cultures” and “The Evolution of Literary Movement in Saudi Arabia and the Czech Republic.”
Lectures will also be held on Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s efforts for interfaith dialogue, development indicators in higher education in Saudi Arabia and the Czech Republic, and King Abdullah’s book project.
The minister said the choice of the Kingdom as the guest of honor in the book fair indicated its distinguished position at Arab, Islamic and international levels.
The Saudi pavilion displays a number of Saudi books, models of the two holy mosques, Arabic calligraphy, fine arts, photography, traditional crafts, and a traditional Saudi tent reflecting traditional Saudi lifestyle. While the pavilion displays more than 1,000 titles on various topics, the focus is on newly published works that are available online, such as digital books.
Books are also available on the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah and the Kiswa (Cover) of Kaaba.
The participants in the pavilion include the Ministry of Culture and Information, King Abdul Aziz Library, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities and King Fahd National Library in addition to many Saudi universities.
On the occasion, the ministry has also issued a cultural magazine in three languages — Arabic, English and Czech — discussing topics of interest to the Arab and Czech readers.
Saudi Arabia participates annually in more than 30 international book fairs held worldwide.