Darah signs agreements with a publishing house to globalize Saudi literature

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has signed a number of agreements with international publishing houses to nurture literary culture in the Kingdom and promote Saudi works around the world.

The agreements were signed on the sidelines of the 2022 Riyadh International Book Fair.

The CEO of the King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah), Turki Al-Showair, has signed agreements with several printing, publishing and distribution agencies to expand the reach of the foundation’s publications.

Darah has signed three agreements with the prestigious Dutch publishing house Koninklijke Brill (KB), an international academic publishing house founded in 1683.

They were signed by KB’s senior publishing director, Dr. Moritz H. Van den Bogert and Al-Showair, in the presence of Darah’s general secretary, Dr. Fahad Al-Samari.

Darah has granted the Dutch publisher an exclusive license to digitally display and sell the foundation’s publications – including a dictionary of Kingdom literature and writers – in Arabic and English worldwide.

A third agreement included a limited, non-exclusive license from Darah to KB, to publish, market and distribute Darah’s magazine globally on digital platforms.

KB’s headquarters are in the Netherlands, but the publishing house has offices in Germany, Austria, the United States, China and Singapore. His publications cover the humanities, social sciences, law and certain scientific fields.

KB’s offerings include a reference platform for Arab and Islamic history researchers and scholars.

Al-Showair also signed an agreement with the CEO of Dar Tashkeel Publishing and Distribution Company, Khalid Al-Otaibi, to print, publish, distribute and translate the works of the program “Our story is a story”, launched on the initiative of the Crown Prince Mohammed. bin Salman.

The initiative has seen several incubating training activities to artistically enhance the Kingdom’s history, enrich the literary field with historical works, nurture and hone creative talents, and support writers interested in storytelling.

Another non-exclusive contract was signed by Al-Showair and Khalid Bamohammed, representative of Print Saudi Arabia, providing printing and publishing services through its platform specialized in the marketing and sale of books.

Serving the kingdom since 1972, Darah was established by royal decree to preserve Saudi Arabia’s rich history, geography and literature within the Arab and Muslim world.

It is a cultural institution that works by collecting and classifying historical documents and other important works.

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