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May Ziadah

Multilingual literary translator and author.

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Date of Birth:



Nazareth, Palestine

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Why Featured?

A leading figure in the Nahda, the Arab renaissance, Ziadeh was a polyglot who translated novels into Arabic and authored numerous non-fiction works, greatly impacting the Arab literary scene and advocating for Palestinian voices.

Brief bio

May Ziadeh was a Palestinian-Lebanese intellectual and writer involved in the Nahda movement. Fluent in multiple languages, she translated literature into Arabic and wrote engaging biographies, playing a pivotal role in Arab literary culture.

Major Milestones


  • Birth in 1886 in Nazareth, then part of Ottoman Palestine.

  • Became a central figure in the Nahda movement in the early 20th century.

  • Her literary work included translations from various languages to Arabic.

  • Remained a prominent advocate for Palestinian narratives through her work.

  • Pioneered literary translations into Arabic, enhancing cultural exchange...See More

  • Authored influential biographies that highlighted significant figures...See More

  • Contributed to the Nahda, influencing Arab intellectual discourse...See More

  • Advocated for Palestinian issues through her literary work.

  • Left a lasting impact on Palestinian and Arab literature despite the absence of English translations of her work.

Date of Last Update: 
December 15, 2023

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