Highlighting its commitment to promote a vibrant literary Islamic culture in Qatar, the Muhammad bin Hamad Al Thani Centre for Muslim Contribution to Civilisation (CMCC), under the College of Islamic Studies (CIS) of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), will join the 29th edition of the Doha International Book Fair this year.

The centre’s exhibit marks HBKU’s fifth participation to the book fair and underscores its positive stance towards providing access to ‘unique’ scholarly publications, translated from Arabic to English, in line with its mandate to create a solid knowledge-based economy.

The book fair, which will take place from 29 November to 8 December, at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre (DECC), is expected to attract hundreds of reputable publishing houses from at least 30 countries.

As HBKU’s oldest college, CIS has already established a long-standing tradition of contributing to rich scholarly discourse within the community. Speaking on the significance of literature as part of the educational framework, CMCC Director Dr Aisha Yousef Al Mannai said that books serve as a gateway to a world of thought and knowledge exchange, a crucial component in any researcher’s toolkit.

Together, we aim to conquer the unknown and promote the acquisition of knowledge through the spread of the written word. In the end, literature can eradicate barriers to correct understanding, culture, geography and even language. Within Qatar’s diverse community, this inclusive approach can serve to disseminate information to all members of the public.’

HBKU is also home to a pioneering in-house publishing house – HBKU Press. As such, CIS’ proactive exhibit fosters an interactive exchange between the college’s research outputs and the wider community. To learn more about HBKU, visit hbku.edu.qa.