Organized this year in partnership with the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco, the Grand Atlas award was granted to Asma Lamrabet. The jury of this prize, chaired by the writer and 2016 Goncourt Prize winner, Leila Slimani, also distinguished journalist Hicham Houdaifa.
Announcing the winners, Leila Slimani explained that with this prize awarded to Asma Lamrabet, the jury wanted to “salute the rigor and relevance of the research”, as well as the critical and analytical mind of the author. The book, recalled the president of the jury, asks essential questions while questioning a number of clichés.
The second book honored during the evening was a wonderful work of field reporting that honors journalism, the jury president explained.
For the record, six French essays were in competition for the Grand Atlas prize, namely “L’héritage des femmes,” by Siham Benchekroun, Tayeb Sadiki. “Le bon, la brute et le théâtre,” by Ahmed Massaia, “Une saison ardente. Souffles 50 ans après,” collectif work, “Islam et femmes, les questions qui fâchent,” by Asma Lamrabet, “Extrémisme religieux,” by Hicham Houdaifa, and “Comprendre la monarchie marocaine,” by Omar Saghi.
A lecture by Leila Slimani preceded the awards ceremony under the title of “Defending the Critical Mind”.