European and Arab Societies and Personalities Nominate Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi and His Book The Mirage for the Nobel Prize in Literature 2019

Several European and Arab societies and personalities have nominated His Excellency Professor Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in the United Arab Emirates, and his book The Mirage for the Nobel Prize in Literature 2019.

The Emirati scholar has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature this year for the importance of his book The Mirage in addressing extremist ideologies that have spread across the globe in recent years, and which threatens the security of societies and human values.

More than 50 experts, academics, and politicians from Belgium, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, and Sweden have taken part in the nomination of H.E. Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi and his book The Mirage for the Nobel Prize in Literature for this year. They hope that this nomination will contribute to promoting the intellectual efforts in confronting extremist and destructive ideologies.  They regard the Nobel Prize as a symbol and vital opportunity to highlight the dangers of extremist ideologies. Therefore, due to its academic significance, they view the book as an ideal model towards efforts in tackling this epidemic.

Dr. Nidal Shoukeir, Chairman of the European Press Association for the Arab World (APEMA) pointed out that nominating H.E. Prof. Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi for this distinguished global award is an indication of a real global and European awareness of the importance of encouraging intellectual efforts and output in facing the risk of radical thoughts and ideologies which have become a threat to societies. He also congratulated Prof. Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research and the United Arab Emirates for this significant nomination. He said: “the nomination of Prof. Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi and his book The Mirage for this unique global award reflects an important global recognition of the role of the writer and his works in addressing radical ideas, and its appreciation of the UAE’s efforts in leading the cultural and intellectual fight against extremism and terrorism.”

Belgian researcher and academic, Dr. Ibrahim Litose, Islamic Studies professor at the University of Antwerp (Universiteit Antwerpen), considered the nomination of Prof. Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi and his book The Mirage to the Nobel Prize in Literature a confirmation for the leading role of thinkers in fighting extremism and terrorism. He added that experiences had highlighted the significance of thought in facing extremist ideas, and in providing an alternative rhetoric to preserve the highest human values in all societies.

The Belgian scholar added that “The Mirage by Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi is a complete and integrated book, both academically and practically; it is a great example of harnessing thought for contemporary humanitarian issues. Therefore, he deserves to be among the nominees for the Nobel Prize for Literature because of the value the book adds within this framework.”

Jean-Valère Baldacchino, head of the department of geopolitical research and analysis, Paris, said that “The nomination of Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi for the Nobel Prize in Literature is an important and influential precedent, especially since his book The Mirage remains an important and decisive intellectual response to the threat of extremist ideas that have become a real disease attacking the world, posing a major threat to the world in general, and Europe, in particular.” He added, “In general, it can be said that Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi is one of the rare writers and thinkers in this field, whose intellectual output falls within the critical and basic references which enrich political science in our time.”

It is worth mentioning that The Mirage, by His Excellency Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi-based ECSSR, has won several Arab and global awards, including the Sheikh Zayed Book Award in the category of “Development of Nations”. According to many researchers and specialists, The Mirage is one of the major Arabic and international books that address the scourge of extremism and terrorism that has overwhelmed the world in recent years. The book reflects also the personal vision of His Excellency that stems from his belief that the Arab and global fight against extremist ideology, as well as the groups and organizations that embrace it, is not limited to security and military actions; rather, it is an extended war with an intellectual dimension first and foremost. It can be argued that the intellectual front requires a long-term strategy that perhaps goes beyond security and military strategies. Therefore, scientific research plays a key role in safe-guarding the national security of countries and societies, through serious scholarly debates that address challenges and threats, seeking to examine and analyze them in order to come up with appropriate alternatives and solutions. The role of a researcher in times of historical conflicts is to be at the vanguard of defending human and cultural values against die-hard radicals, enemies of civilization, humanity, and scientific progress, a purpose in which the author was inspired to write this book.