Rare books on Islam,
Buddhism a hit at South Asian stalls:
Works on Islam and Buddhism are a big
hit at stalls put up by publishers from South Asian countries at the
World Book Fair here. Many avid book readers and ....Read
Displaying books on Islam and informational pamphlets, state-run
publishers from the Middle East are hoping to increase awareness
about the region in India through the World Book Fair.
The Sharjah government has put up a
big stall in Hall 7A of the Pragati Maidan fair grounds, set aside
for foreign participants. The fair, which has 1,200 Indian and
foreign publishers showcasing their books, will come to a close Feb
Most of the books are Arabic language
publications by the department of culture and information, which
include books on culture, as well as informational pamphlets.
However, all of them are for display.
Their aim is not just to showcase
their products, but to invite Indian participation to the Sharjah
international fair in October-November this year. The book fair is
apparently the brainchild of the Emirate's ruler, Sultan bin Mohamed
Al-Qasimi, who has been insistent on improving the knowledge
quotient of citizens.
Showing a book written by the ruler,
termed "Knowledge Without Borders", a stall employee who identified
himself as Shafi said: "He has even started a scheme to give 50
books to locals."
The Kuwaiti stall has similar
government publications on display, and is giving out some glossy
books on the Gulf state for free to interested visitors. "Our aim is
to increase awareness about Kuwait," said the stall attendant, who
did not want to be identified.
Just opposite the Sharjah stall, Saudi
Arabia has an impressive presence, with nearly eight government
institutions putting their publications on display.
"We have books from King Abdul Aziz
Publications to that from state libraries and universities, as well
as copies of the holy Quran," said Akbar Mahful, an attendant at the
stall, waving towards the neatly displayed books emblazoned with
But, as with most foreign
participants, they were all for display.
"We do get a lot of queries for sales,
with readers disappointed that the books are just for display," he