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Mahmoud Shukair

Influential Palestinian writer, diverse contributions in literature and cultural expression.

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Date of Birth:



Jabal al-Mukabbar, Jerusalem, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Mahmoud Shukair is a prominent Palestinian writer recognized for his significant contributions to Arabic literature, especially through his short stories, novels, and plays. His works, acclaimed for their depth and cultural richness, have been translated into multiple languages, making a notable impact globally. He has been honored with several prestigious awards, reflecting his importance in both Palestinian and international literary circles.

Brief bio

Mahmoud Shukair is a Palestinian writer, celebrated for his versatility in writing short stories, novels, and plays for adults and teenagers. His extensive body of work includes over forty-five books, television series, and plays. Shukair's stories have been translated into various languages, extending his influence beyond the Arab world. His career spans various roles, including leadership positions in literary unions and significant contributions to cultural magazines.

Major Milestones


  • Education and Early Career: Obtained a Master's degree in Philosophy and Sociology from Damascus University, later working as a teacher, journalist, and editor-in-chief of cultural magazines Al-Talia'a and Dafatir Thaqafiya.

  • Political Imprisonment: Faced imprisonment twice by Israeli occupation for his political remarks in 1969 and 1975.

  • Exile and Return: Deported to Lebanon in 1975, lived in Amman, and later moved to Prague. Returned to Jerusalem in 1993 post-Oslo Accords.

  • Literary Achievements: Authored more than 40 books, including novels, short stories, and children's literature. His work in the Short Story genre is particularly notable.

  • Global Recognition: His novel "Praise for the Women of the Family" was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2016. His work for young readers was recognized globally in 2018.

  • Extensive Literary Works: Authored over 45 books, including novels and stories for adults and young readers...See More

  • Cultural Leadership: Held leadership roles within the Jordanian Writers' Union and the Union of Palestinian Writers and Journalists...See More

  • Awards and Recognitions: Won the Mahmoud Darwish Prize for Freedom of Expression (2011), the Jerusalem Award for Culture and Creativity (2015), and the State of Palestine Award for Literature (2019)...See More

  • Influence on Young Readers: His book "Me, My Friend, and the Donkey" was recognized as one of the top 100 books for young readers globally in 2018.

  • Internationalization of Arabic Literature: His works have been translated into multiple languages, including English, French, and German, helping to spread Arabic literature worldwide.

Date of Last Update: 
December 15, 2023

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