We are proud to announce that this year’s first prize for the Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding in the category of Arabic-English translation went to Geert Jan van Gelder and Gregor Schoeler for their masterful edition-translation of Abū l-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī’s The Epistle of Forgiveness.
Check out the original parallel-text volumes here… and pre-order your English-only paperback edition, featuring a new vibrant cover and foreword by Matthew Reynolds, professor of English at Oxford, now!
Also, don’t miss Schoeler’s interview on the collaborative translation process, al-Maʿarrī’s provocative irony, and the Epistle‘s eschatological tourism, right here on our blog.
Congratulations to both winners!
—Chip Rossetti, Managing Editor