This is amazing news for Arab stories, Arab literature and Arab writers.
On Tuesday, Omani writer Jokha Alharthi became the first Arab to win the Man Booker International prize for her novel Celestial Bodies.
The International Man Booker is one of the most prestigious literature prizes and will put Jokha on the map as an important, influential novelist and shed more light on Arab fiction and translated works.
The International version of the prize celebrates fiction from around the world and the people who translate it. So it makes sense that the 50,000-pound prize will be divided equally between the Jokha and the translator US academic Professor Marilyn Booth, who teaches Arabic literature at Oxford University.
“I am thrilled that a window has been opened to the rich Arabic culture,” Jokha said to reporters after being awarded the prize in London.