The best-selling book, by visionary academic Professor Yuval Noah Harari, explores the future of humanity and the major transformations we face in the 21st century
Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 4, 2021 – The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has launched an Arabic version of the international best-seller Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. The book, by award-winning author, historian and philosopher Professor Yuval Noah Harari, was translated into Arabic by Saleh Al-Falahi and Hamad Al-Ghaithi.
In the book, the author details the major transformations facing humanity in the 21st century and discusses the merging of ancient myths with modern technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and genetic engineering. The author also shares his views on the future of humanity through scientific fields such as evolutionary biology, anthropology, history, and others.
“Our publishing of the Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow reflects the ALC’s commitment to promoting and enriching Arabic literary content and supporting the language’s position as one of culture and creativity,” said HE Bin Tamim. “It also highlights the Centre's efforts to provide Arabic readers with an opportunity to enjoy the world's most prominent international books and literary works. We are pleased to launch its Arabic version through the ALC, which strengthens Abu Dhabi’s position on the global cultural map.”
The book raises many vital questions such as: Where are we heading? What will happen when global power shifts and alters the political balance we have known for thousands of years? And what social changes will occur in societies when AI eliminates humans from the labour market, creating a vast inefficient class in society?
“The Arabic translation of Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow through the ALC provides new audiences with the opportunity to engage with the book's scientific ideas and forward-looking views of the future, including the questioning of ideas and persistent themes in present day culture,” said Harari. “This step enables us to open up to one another and make major decisions together to address the challenges of the future.”
Professor Harari is considered one of the world's most influential thinkers, with his books being translated into 60 languages and selling more than 30 million copies. His other well-known works include Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century and Sapiens: A Graphic History.
Hamad Al-Ghaithi, from Oman, is a translator who specialises in molecular and evolutionary biology. Saleh Al-Falahi is a translator with a strong interest in critical and scientific thinking.