German philosopher Juergen Habermas rejects UAE’s Sheikh Zayed Book Award, reversing earlier decision-Art-and-culture News , Firstpost

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German philosopher Juergen Habermas rejects UAE’s Sheikh Zayed Book Award, reversing earlier decision-Art-and-culture News , Firstpost

On the homepage of the Zayed Book Award it says Habermas was named “‘Cultural Personality of the Year’ 2021 in recognition of a long career that extends for more than half a century.”

The prominent German philosopher Juergen Habermas said Sunday he will not accept a high-priced literary award from the United Arab Emirates, reversing an earlier decision.

The 91-year-old, who is considered Germany’s most eminent contemporary philosopher, told the German news site Spiegel Online that “I declared my willingness to accept this year’s Sheikh Zayed Book Award. That was a wrong decision, which I correct hereby.”

In the statement, which his publisher Suhrkamp Verlag passed on to Spiegel Online, Habermas added “I didn’t sufficiently make clear to myself the very close connection of the institution, which awards these prizes in Abu Dhabi, with the existing political system there.”

On the homepage of the Zayed Book Award it says Habermas was named “‘Cultural Personality of the Year’ 2021 in recognition of a long career that extends for more than half a century.”

It says the winners in each of the award’s eight categories are granted a prize of 750,000 UAE dirhams ( $204,200).

— Feature image: AP/Hermann J Knippertz

This article is sourced from FirstPost

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