By Khalid Jabbar
TUNIS, Sept 20 (KUNA) -- The Dar Souad Al-Sabah for Publishing and Distribution has organized a "day of gratitude" ceremony to honor renowned Tunisian intellectual and writer Dr. Habib Jenhani in recognition of his role in enriching Arab library and promoting human rights.
"Jenhani has been advocating the humans' core issue," Sheikha Soud Al-Sabah, the owner of the organization, said in speech read out on her behalf by Dar Suoad A-Sabah Director Ali Al-Masoudi during the ceremony.
She noted that Dar Souad Al-Sabah has published a book for Jenhani in defense of liberties themed "In Defense of Liberty" which he wrote to advise Tunisian youth to be vigilant and brave in defending their revolution.
She added that the "day of gratitude" event aims to strengthen relations between the society and prominent writers, thinkers and intellectuals.
On this occasion, Dar Souad Al-Sabah published a memorial book about Jenhani's life and works to which several writers from around the world contributed.
The glittering event was attended by a plethora of writers, media figures, intellectuals and officials including Tunisian Minister of Culture Mohammad Zein El-Abdeen.
For his part, Jenhani thanked Dar Souad Al-Sabah for the recognition.
He emphasized the positive impact of the Dar Souad Al-Sabah's initiative on fostering Arabic culture and encouraging Arab writers.
"This is an initiative with cultural and humanitarian dimensions to create a bridge between Arab countries," he told KUNA.
The ceremony coincided with the Silver Jubilee of the "day of gratitude" initiative which was launched by Dar Souad Al-Sabah in 1992 to honor eminent Arab writers and intellectuals.
Jenhani, 83, is a professor of economic and social history of the medieval Arab world at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Tunis. He has enriched the Arab library with over a dozen of books in history, economy, and political philosophy. He is also famous for his staunch advocacy of liberties in the Arab World.
He is a member of the Union of Tunisian Writers, the Arab Cultural Council, the Union of Arab Historians and the Arab Thought Forum. He is also a founding member of the Tunisian Association of History and Archeology.
Jenhani got his bachelor degree from the University of Zitouna in Tunis. Then he traveled to France and Germany to complete his post-graduate studies. He obtained a doctorate degree in medieval history from the University of Leipzig in Germany. (end) ksj.ibi