Pakistan News & Features Services
Emad Abdel Latif’s book Balaghat Al-Horeyya (Rhetoric of Freedom) was declared the best book in the human sciences field during the recently held 44th Cairo International Book Fair 2013 in the Egyptian capital.
This year's Cairo International Book Fair prizes were announced at the closing ceremony of the fair’s cultural programme. The prizes, each worth US$ 1,490 were awarded to works published in 2012 in 10 different fields namely political books, novels, short stories, poetry, slang poetry, arts, science, human sciences, heritage, and children's books.
The judging panel included writer and novelist Gamal El-Ghitani, novelist Youssef El-Qaeed, critic Mohammed Badawy and historian Ahmed Zakaria El-Shalq. Best book in human sciences prize went to Emad Abdel Latif for his book Balaghat Al-Horeyya (Rhetoric of Freedom), released by Tanweer Publishing House.
The book was discussed during the book fair in the presences of its author Abdel Latif, Nabil Abdel-Fattah, Head Researcher at Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies, and Professor Ammar Ali Hassan, writer and political sociologist, as part of the cultural programme.
The book analyses the political discourse surrounding the revolution. The first strategy he used he titled the section Discourse of the Squares.
He has reproduced the slogans, banners, pictures and symbols used throughout the demonstrations across the country, focusing on those most frequently seen. His analysis wasn’t limited to squares in the physical sense, but also expanded the idea of a revolutionary meeting space to the internet, looking at the discourse across Facebook pages and other social networking websites.