His Excellency Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Thani, the Minister of Culture, crowned the winners of the Arab Prize for Encouraging Research in the Social and Human Sciences at its ninth session, which is organized by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies.

The coronation of the award winners comes at the end of the work of the ninth session of the Conference on Social and Human Sciences, which was held by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Doha from 11 to 13 March.

Dr. Abdul Wahhab Al-Afandi, the Chairman of the “Arab Award for Encouraging Research in the Social and Human Sciences” committee, presented its results for this session for the academic years 2021/2023, and announced that the committee had decided to award the Arab Prize in this session to three of the twenty research papers participating in the award, of which ten were included were shortlisted for the award.

The Arab Award for this session was won by Dr. Ahmed Abu El-Ela from Egypt, for his research entitled “The Political Culture of Nubian Youth in Egypt: The Nubian Movement Towards the Issue of Return as a Model”, which was prepared by the scientific reading committee for the award as one of the best researches received by the Committee of the Conference of Social Sciences and Humanities, and thus, it was one of the research which directly enters into the heart of the subject of the political culture. Also, it highlighted its harmonious structure, good selection of its objectives, clear problematic aspect, consistency of method and topic, valuable study results, and the importance of the references on which it was based, as well as writing the text in sound language.

The Arab Award for this session was also won by Dr. Saeed Al-Hajji for his research on consensus in the culture of the Moroccan political elite: in the relationship between the determinants of consensus and democratic transformation in Morocco, which the scientific reading committee of the award confirmed that it is consistent with the objectives of the center stipulated in Article (1) of the statute of the award, and is included in the heart of the topic of the conference, and contributes to introducing the Arab reader to the specificity of the Moroccan experience, and confirms the results previously reached by Moroccan researchers in interpreting the existing political structure in Morocco, which did not disentangle the political culture that stands behind this behavior in the manner where this research succeeded, in addition to the research that were not mentioned in the previous literature.

The third winner of the Arab Prize for this year was Dr. Mohammad Naimi from Morocco for his research on political culture and protest collective action in the context of the Arab uprisings (2011-2019), which the scientific reading committee of the award confirmed that it is characterized by a great intellectual effort to formulate the problem at the theoretical level, and a serious attempt to understand the reality of Complex and variable concern some Arab countries. The committee also stressed on the importance of the theoretical approach and its application to field reality, and considering political culture is not a dependent variable, nor an independent variable, but rather a factor alongside other economic, social and other factors that affect political reality to the extent that it is affected by it, so that this enriched the field of studies in the field of political culture, and its relationship to democratic change in the Arab world.

The Arab Award for Social Sciences and Humanities is a competitive award launched by the Arab Center since 2011, in order to encourage Arab researchers to conduct creative scientific research on issues and problems that deal with the process of development of Arab societies in the field of social and human sciences.

The center has always opened the door to competition for Arab researchers. In light of the continuous experience since 2011, the Arab Prize has evolved so that it no longer includes the category of young researchers with a distinguished award, and it is no longer awarded for research published in peer-reviewed scientific journals in Arabic and foreign languages, and it kept pace with the development of the pace of development of the social and human sciences, which has become to be held every two years, rather than annually, so as to allow sufficient time for researchers to complete their research, and all research approved for participation in the conference became competing for the award.

The most important development witnessed by the award is that it includes, in addition to an encouraging financial reward granted to the winner, a research grant for the completion of a research project within a period of one year, with a total value of fifty thousand US dollars for each award. The Arab Award for the Encouragement of Research in the Social and Human Sciences is awarded to a maximum of three papers submitted to the Social Sciences and Humanities Conference, as the award consists of three components: a winning certificate, an encouraging financial reward of ten thousand dollars, and a research grant of forty thousand dollars, to support him in developing the winning study or Submitting a proposal for another research project and completing it within one year, in a manner that meets the conditions and standards approved by the Arab Center, as the Center follows up on the progress of completing the project within the mechanisms approved by it. More than 250 papers competed for the Arab Prize in its nine sessions, and more than 50 researchers from various Arab countries won it, namely Egypt, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Sudan, Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait, Palestine, Syria and Algeria.

At the end of the Arab Award ceremony, Dr. Azmy Bishara, the Director General of the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, spoke about the role of the Center in encouraging research in the social and human sciences, whether through the Arab Award or other programs of the Center. Then, he presented the topic of the tenth session of the Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities and of the Arab Prize for Encouraging Research in the Social and Human Sciences, which is Social Media: Dialectic of Freedom of Expression, Censorship and Control, inviting researchers to contribute to this session, for which the invitation to write and its background paper will be announced soon, on the website The Arab Center and its social media.