Cairo - The Egyptian Writers' Union announced, on Friday, that the 2009 Naguib Mahfouz award will be granted to the Moroccan writer and intellectual Bensalem Himmich for his oeuvre.
The 10,000-dollar award will be handed to Himmich, also Culture Minister, on September 8 in Cairo.
For Mohamed Sayed Aid, President of the jury, the Moroccan writer uses smoothly his knowledge of the heritage to address topical issues.
The jury is comprised of noted writers and critics under the supervision of the Egyptian Writers' Union.
Professor of philosophy at the Mohammed V University in Rabat, Bensalem Himmich writes in both Arab and French literary and philosophical works.
He is laureate of a number of awards, including the Grand Atlas award (2000), the Naguib Mahfouz award (2002) and the Sharjah-UNESCO award (2003). Three of his novels were translated into several languages.