Souad Mekhennet was shortlisted for her international bestseller I Was Told To Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad, published in June 2017.
In this book, Mekhennet depicts her perilous investigations conducted in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe; her meetings with some of the most wanted members of jihadist groups, including Al Qaeda and ISIS, who refused to talk to Western journalists.
Born in Germany from a Moroccan father and a Turkish mother, this international correspondent for the Washington Post and Der Spiegel is a graduate of Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Policy, the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and the Geneva Center for Security Policy.
Mekhennet will compete with five other authors whose books deal with the Islamic world today.
This award, named after its sponsor, the prominent neurologist and geostrategist Saudi Nayef Al-Rodhan, carries a purse of £25,000 (US$32,594) and recognizes “an outstanding contribution to global cultural understanding that illuminates the interconnections and divisions that shape cultural identity worldwide.”