International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)

And the Nominations for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction Begin…

The season of the 2012 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF, or, if you must, “Arabic Booker”) has begun.

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International Prize for Arabic Fiction Can’t Escape Controversy

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction – or, as it’s popularly known, the “Arabic Booker” – has attracted a wealth of controversy in its first four years. A number of prominent authors have refused to let their books be nominated for the prize, which has been accused of, among other things, being too closely allied with governmental powers, discriminating against women and rewarding novels that cater to western interests.