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Samih al-Qasim

Iconic poet, vocal political activist.

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Date of Birth:



Zarqa, Jordan

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Why Featured?

Renowned for his poignant poetry encapsulating the Palestinian struggle and identity, Samih al-Qasim is celebrated as a literary and political figure who articulated the sentiments of homeland and landscape through his works.

Brief bio

Samih al-Qasim was a Palestinian Druze poet and writer who became a significant voice in Arabic literature and a symbol of resistance through his poetry, prose, and plays. His writings often reflected his deep connection to the Palestinian cause, his pride in his Arab identity, and his attachment to his homeland, blending a personal narrative with broader nationalistic themes.

Major Milestones


  • 1958: Founded the Free Druze Youth Organization amidst the political climate of the time.

  • 1960: Demonstrated his opposition to the compulsory military service by refusing to bear arms and enduring imprisonment.

  • 1973: Contributed to the establishment of the Arabesque Publishing House and the Popular Arts Institute in Haifa.

  • 1988: Awarded for the best French translation of his poems, reflecting his international literary acclaim.

  • Literature: Published more than seventy books throughout his career, including poetry collections that showcased his command over language and the arts...See More

  • Political Activism: Was an ardent advocate against compulsory conscription laws and played a significant role in the Communist Party of Israel...See More

  • Cultural Impact: A number of his poems were turned into revolutionary songs, echoing the sentiments of the Palestinian struggle across the globe...See More

  • Journalism: Worked in journalism, notably editing the Arabic edition of 'HaOlam Hazeh' and the daily 'al-Ittihad', thus influencing Arab media.

  • Awards and Recognition: Received numerous accolades, including the Grenada International Festival prize and the Palestine Prize for Poetry, underscoring his contribution to Arabic poetry and culture.

Date of Last Update: 
December 14, 2023

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