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Ibrahim Tuqan

Pioneering Palestinian national poet.

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Date of Birth:



Nablus, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

His poetry symbolized the Palestinian struggle for national identity and inspired generations.

Brief bio

Ibrahim Tuqan was a seminal figure in Palestinian literature, a poet whose work was infused with nationalistic fervor and a call for social justice. His poetry not only captured the beauty and pain of Palestine but also rallied people during the British Mandate period. His verses became anthems of resistance and identity.

Major Milestones


  • 1923: Published his first ode, which gained recognition in Lebanon.

  • 1929: Completed a BA in literature and began teaching at the Najah School in Nablus.

  • 1930: Recited 'The Red Tuesday', a poem about the execution of three militants from the 1929 uprising.

  • 1936: Appointed to the Arabic Section of Jerusalem Radio, where he worked for four years.

  • 1941: Passed away on May 2nd, due to a stomach ailment​​​​.

  • Tutoring and Influencing New Poets: He tutored and influenced his sister, Fadwa Tuqan, who became a prominent poet...See More

  • Advocacy for Education and Cultural Heritage: Tuqan was a steadfast advocate for education and cultural heritage, reflected in his teaching roles and literary works...See More

  • Nationalistic Poetry: His poems, such as "Mountain Dew," captured the essence of Palestine and the spirit of its people's struggle...See More

  • Resisting Language Change in Media: At Jerusalem Radio, he resisted efforts to make colloquial Arabic the dominant broadcast language...See More

  • 'Mawtini': His most famous ode, which became an anthem for Palestine and later Iraq...See More

Date of Last Update: 
December 15, 2023

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