'Abd al-Hakim Qasim

Abdel Hakim Qasem

Abdel Hakim Qasem (Arabic: عبد الحكيم قاسم alternate transliteration: Abd al-Hakim Qasim) (1934–1990) is considered one of the most significant authors in Egyptian literature during the past thirty years.[1][2]

Judith Caesar of the American University of Sharjah wrote that Qasem was "relatively little-known".[3]


He was born in Al Bandara village, near Tanta. During the 1950s he moved to Cairo, and began writing until the 1960s when he was imprisoned for four years, for his political associations, by the Nasser government. He lived in exile in Berlin from 1974 until 1985. He then came back to Cairo, where he died in 1990. He wrote five novels, four novellas, five short story collections, and one play.

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  1. ^ "Abd al-Hakim Qasim, Peter Theroux, Samia Mehrez: Rites of Assent - Print". www.temple.edu. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  2. ^ Youssef Rakha, "An odd assortment", Al-Ahram Weekly, Issue No. 487, 22-28 June 2000. Archived July 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Caesar, Judith (American University of Sharjah). "Book Reviews." Edebiyât, 2003, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 251–268 (content related to this book: 253-255). ISSN 0364-6505 print; ISSN 1477-2841 online/02/020251-18. Taylor & Francis Ltd, DOI: 10.1080/0364650032000143283. Cited page: 253.

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