Abd Al-Aziz bin Nasir Al-Manie was born on July 3rd 1943, in Shagra, Saudi Arabia. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the College of Arabic Language in Riyadh in 1966 and Ph.D. from Exeter University in the United Kingdom in 1976. A specialist in the verification of ancient Arabic manuscripts, Professor Al-Manie pursued an academic career, first as a lecturer in the Department of Arabic Language at Um Al-Qura University in Makkah and, as of 1977, in the Department of Arabic Language at the College of Arts, King Saud University, Riyadh, where he is currently an Emeritus Professor of Ancient Arabic Literature.
In addition to teaching and research, Professor Al-Manie was entrusted with several academic and administrative responsibilities during his career. He was the Director of the College of Arts Research Council for two years, Chairman of the Department of Arabic Language for another two years, College of Arts’ representative in the Board of the Post-Graduate Studies College for four years, editor-in-chief of the College of Arts Journal (King Saud University) for four years and Director of the Saudi Arabian Educational Office in Los Angeles, California (USA) for two years. During 2006-2007, he was a visiting professor at Sousa University in Tunisia.
Despite his numerous obligations, Professor Al-Manie participates actively in the cultural life of Riyadh through his public lectures and literary articles. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Riyadh Literary Club, member of the Saudi Arabian Arabic Language Society and the Academic Committee of Shaikh Hamad Al-Jasir Cultural Center in Riyadh. He is also a member of the editorial board of “Al Arab” (the Arab) magazine and a consultant editor of other Riyadh-based pubications, including “Aalam Al-Kutub” (Book World), “Aalam Al-Makhtoutat” (Manuscript World) and “Al-Dir’iya,” as well as the “Jordanian Journal of Arabic Language and Literature” published by Mo’ta University in Jordan.
Professor Al-Manie is a prolific researcher in his field of specialization. He authored more than fifteen books dealing with the verification of ancient Arabic literary works, published numerous articles locally and internationally and participated in many conferences and symposia in Saudi Arabia, Australia, the United Kingdom, India, Italy, Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan. In addition, he has been contributing for over thirty years to his Department’s weekly seminars on language and literature issues.
Professor Al-Manie is a scrupulous scholar whose works contributed significantly to the revival and preservation of ancient Arabic literature during the third to the 7th century Hejira (1400-1700 A.D.). His recognition by the King Faisal International Prize in Arabic Language and Literature was met with profound applause by his peers and students alike, and the King Saud University decided to honor him by establishing a chair in his name and by awarding him its golden medal and prize.
Professor Al-Manie has been awarded the Prize in recognition of his distinguished efforts in editing verifying and elucidating several illustrious Arabic Literary works of the 3rd — 7th Century Hegira. His contributions have enriched the Arabic library and served a wild range of contemporary readership.