Sahar Khalifeh


Sahar Khalifeh
(سحر خليفة‎) is a Palestinian writer born in 1942 in Nablus of the West Bank. After studying at the University of Birzeit, in the Palestinian occupied territories, she received a Fulbright scholarship and went to continue her studies in the US.

She got an MA in English Literature from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a PhD in Women's Studies from the University of Iowa before returning to Palestine in 1988. She is the founder of the Women's Affairs Center in Nablus, which now has branches in Gaza and Amman, Jordan. She is considered one of the most prominent Palestinian writers.

Her works include several novels and essays, translated into several languages, including Hebrew, as well as non-fiction writing.

One of her best-known works is Wild Thorns. An excerpt reads as follows:

'Halt!' The order came from a soldier sitting in front of the wooden walkway. Usama stopped, his heart pounding. 'Open your suitcase!' The Israeli stretched out his hand and rifled the contents. 'What's this?' 'Librium.' 'Yeah, you people are crazy about that stuff.'

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Publications: (Arabic)

  • Lam na'ud jawari lakum (We Are Your Slaves No More, novel). Cairo: Dar al-Ma'arif, 1974.
  • al-Subbar (Wild Thorns, novel). Jerusalem: al-Sharq Cooperative Press, 1976. '
  • Abbad al-shams (Sunflower, novel). Jerusalem: Dar al-Katib, 1980.
  • Mudhakkirat imra'a ghayr waqi'iya (Memoirs of an Unrealistic Woman, novel). Beirut: Dar al-Adab, 1986.
  • Bab al-Saha (The Saba Gate, novel). Beirut: Dar al -Adab, 1990.
  • al-Mirath (The Inheritance, novel). Beirut: Dar al-Adab, 1997.
  • al-Sabbar (Cactus). 1999
  • Soura wa ikouna, wa `ahd kadeem (The Image, the Icon, and the Covenant). 2002.
  • Rabi`a harr (The End of Spring) 2004
  • Asl wa fasl 2008
  • Hobi al-awal (First Love). 2010

(Translated from Arabic to English)

  • Wild Thorns (1985)
  • The Inheritance (2005)
  • The End of Spring (2007)
  • The Image, the Icon, and the Covenant (2007)


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