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Mourid Barghouti

Poetic chronicler of Palestinian exile and resistance.

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Date of Birth:



A village near Ramallah, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Mourid Barghouti is celebrated for his poignant poetry that captures the essence of Palestinian exile, offering an authentic narrative of displacement and the quest for identity. His eloquent prose and contributions to Arabic literature have earned him international recognition.

Brief bio

Mourid Barghouti is an influential Palestinian poet and writer renowned for his reflective and profound literary works that explore themes of exile, homeland, and identity. Through his poetry and prose, Barghouti has become a vital voice in Palestinian literature, articulating the collective experience of his people with emotional depth and intellectual insight.

Major Milestones


  • Forced into exile while studying in Cairo in 1967 due to the closure of the West Bank.

  • Banished from Egypt in 1976, and subsequently from Lebanon and Jordan.

  • Won the Palestine Award for Poetry in 2000.

  • Published "I Saw Ramallah" in 2003, which won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal in 1997.

  • Revisited Ramallah in 1998, a journey that later became a book.

  • Authoring 12 volumes of poetry, with the first published in 1972 and the last in 2005...See More

  • His poetry collection "Poems of the Pavement" (1980) is acclaimed for its visual and concrete imagery...See More

  • "Midnight and Other Poems" (2008) showcases his distinct style that eschews rhetoric for clarity and impact...See More

  • "I Saw Ramallah" is translated into multiple languages, becoming a seminal work in Palestinian literature...See More

  • Delivered lectures on Arabic literature at several Arab and international universities, contributing to the academic discourse on Middle Eastern literature.

Date of Last Update: 
December 14, 2023

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