For his novel ‘Permanence and Deception: Post-Colonial Discourse in the Contemporary Arab Criticism” [Al Rasees Wal Mukhatala – Khitab Ma b’d Al Coloniyalyya fil Naqd Al Arabi Al Mu’aser]’. Published by the Arab Institute for Research and Publication, Beirut .
Dr. Abu Shihab was born in Zarqa in Jordan, 1974 and holds a master’s degree in literature and Arabic criticism from the University of Jordan and a doctorate in modern literary criticism (discourse and critical theory) from Cairo’s Institute of Arab Research and Studies which he achieved with magna cum laude.
Dr. Abu Shihab began his career as a teacher of Arabic in public schools in Jordan before moving to work as a teacher and lecturer at the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development – a position he still holds to this day.
Dr. Abu Shihab has participated in many lectures and cultural conferences and published a number of books, including a collection of poems entitled ‘Gentlemen, I have returned after a short death.’ He has gathered plentiful literary references and had dozens of research papers, articles and poems published in Arabic magazines and newspapers including Qatar’s Al Watan, and Al Quds Al-Arabi, Al Arab, and the Emirati newspaper Al Ittihad.
In this book the author, traces the principles of post-colonial criticism through their terminology and theoretical doctrines, which makes the book very influential in contemporary Arabic criticism. The main reason for recognizing this book is the author’s awareness of post-colonial era studies, and his understanding of their theoretical principles and terminology. The award recognises Rami Abu Shihab’s unique selection of contemporary Arab criticism literature and his highlighting of the importance of post-colonial criticism studies, their extension into modern Arabic culture and opening-up of new prospects in the future of Arab studies.