Widad Sakakini

Biography:


Widad Sakakini
(1913-1991), (وداد سكاكيني) Pioneering Lebanese-Syrian novelist, short-story writer, and critic born in Sidon. She was educated at the al-Maqasid Islamic College and taught at the Higher Institute for Girls before devoting herself to writing. She had several critical debates, the most prominent being with Tawfiq ai-Hakim.


She published her many essays and critical studies in al-Khatarat (Thoughts, 1943), Ummahat al-mu'minin (Mothers of the Faithful, 1945), Insaf al-mar'a Oustice for Women, 1950), al' Ashiqa al-mutasawwifa Rizbi'a al- 'Adawiya (The Sufi Lover Rabi'a al-'Adawiya, 1955), Sawad fi bayad (Black on White, 1956), Nisa' shahirat min al-sharq wa-I-gharb (Famous Women from the East and West, with Tamadir Tawfiq, 1959), Nuqat 'ala-I-hurnf (Dots on Letters, 1960), Qasim Amin (Qasim Amin, 1965), Zawjat al-rasul wa akhawat al-shuhada' (The Prophet's Wives and Martyrs' Sisters, 1968), 'Umar Fakhuri ('Umar Fakhuri, 1970), Shawk fi-I-hasid (Thorn in the Harvest, 1981), and Sutur tatajawab (Lines in Harmony, 1987).

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


Publications: (Arabic)

  • Maraya al-nas (People's Mirrors, short stories). Cairo: Lajnat al-Nashr li-I-Jami'iyin, Maktabat Misr, 1945.
  • Bayn ai-Nil wa-I-nakhil (Between the Nile and the Palm Tree, short stories). Cairo: Dar al-Fikr al-'Arabi, 1947.
  • al-Hubb al-muharram (Forbidden Love, novel). Cairo: Dar al-Fikr al-'Arabi, 1947.
  • Arwa bint al-khutub (Arwa, Daughter of Woe, novel). Cairo: Dar al-Fikr al-'Arabi, 1949.
  • al-Sitar al-marfu' (The Raised Curtain, short stories). Cairo: Akhbar al-Yawm Foundation, 1955.
  • Nufus tatakallmn (Souls Speak, short stories) . Cairo: Akhbar al-Yawm Foundation, 1962.
  • Aqwa min al-sinin (Stronger Than the Years, short stories). Damascus: Union of Arab Writers, 1978.

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