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Salma Khadra Jayyusi

Eminent Scholar, Translator, Cultural Ambassador

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Date of Birth:



Al-Salt, Jordan

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Pioneering role in promoting Arab literature and culture globally.

Brief bio

Salma Khadra Jayyusi, a renowned Palestinian scholar, translator, and writer, played a pivotal role in introducing Arab literature and culture to the Western world. Her work, particularly in translation and cultural exchange, significantly contributed to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of Arab intellectual traditions globally.

Major Milestones


  • Education in Arabic and English Literature : Studied at the American University of Beirut...See More 

  • Publishing First Collection of Poetry (1960): "Returning from the Dreamy Fountain."

  • North America Lecture Tour (1973): Involved 22 universities, highlighting Arab intellectual traditions.

  • Launch of PROTA (1980): A project for translating Arabic literature into English.

  • Initiating East-West Nexus Project (1990): Aimed to present Arab and Islamic culture in English.

  • Promotion of Modern Arabic Poetry: Edited the anthology "Modern Arabic Poetry: An Anthology" (1987).

  • Educational Contributions: Teaching in various countries, including the USA, and conducting influential lecture tours.

  • Cultural Exchange Initiatives: Founded East-West Nexus to combat stereotypes about Arab and Islamic cultures.

  • Academic Publications: Authored and edited numerous scholarly works, including "The Legacy of Muslim Spain."

  • Awards and Recognitions: Received multiple awards for her contributions to culture and literature...See More

Date of Last Update: 
January 7, 2024

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