The 18th edition of the Algiers International Prize for the recitation of the Holy Quran and the celebration of Islamic heritage was launched on Monday at Dar El Imam in El Mohammadia (Algiers) under the high patronage of the President of the Republic, Mr Abdelmadjid Tebboune, with the participation of 51 countries representing the Arab-Muslim world.
The kick-off of this competition was given by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Wakfs, Youcef Belmehdi, in the presence of several ministers and heads of national authorities.
The competition will be held via videoconference over three days from 6 to 8 February.
This year’s edition is part of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of independence. The event will conclude with the awarding of the first three winners at an official ceremony on 17 February, on the occasion of the celebration of Leilat el Israâ wal Miiraj.
Launched in 2004, the Algiers International Quran Recitation Prize is open to Quran reciters under the age of 25 who have not won one of the three first prizes in previous editions. Professional reciters are not allowed to participate in this competition.
Algeria will be represented in this competition by Chaima Anfal Tabani, after the 6th session of qualification of candidates for international competitions, organised by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Wakfs at the “Tower of the Holy Quran” in Setif, from 2 to 6 January, as well as the national competition for the selection of the Algiers prize for recitation and chanting of the Quran, which was held in the same month at Dar El Imam in El Mohammadia (Algiers), under the supervision of a specialised jury.