Malakat al-Dar Abdullah


Malakat al-Dar Abdullah
(1918--69), ( ملكة الدار عبدالله ) Sudanese novelist born in al-Ubayyid. She received her early education at the al-Qubba School in al-Ubayyid, the first girls' school in western Sudan. She continued her education at the Teacher Training College in Umm Durman, from which she graduated in 1943.

She worked as a teacher in several regions of Sudan and in 1960 became the school inspector in Kurdufan. She is a founding member of the al -Ubayyid Women's Charitable Association, as well as a member of the Sudanese Women's Union and the Teachers' Syndicate. She received first prize for her story, "Hakim al-qarya" (The Village Doctor), in a short-story competition sponsored by Sudanese radio in 1947. Her novel al-Faragh al- 'arid was published posthumously.

(From Arab Women Writers A Critical reference Guide by Radwa Ashour & Feryal Ghazoul)

Publications: (Arabic)

  • al-Faragh al- 'arid (The Vast Emptiness, novel). Khartoum: National Council for the Humanities and Arts, 1970.

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