550 participants in Katara Prize for Arabic Poetry “Mothers of the Believers”

26 May, 2021


The Cultural Village Foundation (Katara) announced that the number of participants in Katara Prize for Arabic Poetry, with the theme “Mothers of the Believers” has reached 550.

Egypt and Sudan topped the list with 207 posts, representing 37.64 percent of the total participations, followed by the Levant countries and Iraq with 151 participations, representing 27.45 percent of the total participations. The participants from the Maghreb Arab countries ranked third, with 113 participations representing 20.55 percent of the total number of participations, while the number of participants from the Arab Gulf states reached 77, representing 14 percent of the total participations. Whereas, the number of participations from non-Arab countries is about 10, representing 1.82 percent.

Katara Prize for Arabic Poetry was launched during the last Ramadan month, at the initiative of the Qatari Women’s Pen Forum in Katara, as part of the events of Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021, which will continue for a whole year. The Katara Prize for Arabic Poetry “Mothers of Believers” aims to enhance the status of Prophethood House, especially the Mothers of Believers in the memory of future generations, to confirm their status.

The prize also aims to demonstrate the impact of Mothers of the Believers on the path of advocacy and the formation of the woman’s personality in society, in addition to linking the biography of the Mothers of Believers to poetry and art, through artistic dramatic texts, in addition to urging the poets to employ poetic narration in praise of the Mothers of the Believers.

Katara Prize for Arabic Poetry “Mothers of the Believers “ is scheduled to be organized annually, provided that in each of its sessions it deals with a character from the personalities of the Mothers of Believers, or a topic in their virtues or effects determined in advance by those in charge of the prize. It was decided that the first session will be about  Khadija bint Khuwaylid.

The total value of Katara Prize for Arabic Poetry “Mothers of Believers” is about 120,000 Qatari riyals distributed into 3 ranks, the first prize is 60,000 Qatari riyals, the second one is 40,000 Qatari riyals, and the third is 20,000 Qatari riyals.