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Hanan Awwad

Hanan Awwad

Sector : Cultural Figures , Novelists

Personal Info

  • Country of residence : Palestine
  • Gender : Female
  • Born in : 1951
  • Age : 64
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Born in Jerusalem in 1951; received a Diploma in Education in 1970; wrote in several papers, incl. Ash-Sha’b; earned a BA in Arabic Language and Literature from Beirut University in 1974, a Diploma in Literary Criticism from Al-Azhar University in Cairo in 1976, and an MA in Arabic Literature and Humanities from the Institute of Asian and African Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1977; studied further at Oxford University, London, and McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and received a second MA in 1981 and a PhD on the image of Women in the works of Ghassan Kanafani; was a teaching assistant in Islamic Studies at McGill University from 1980-82; worked as a researcher at the Dept. of Middle Eastern Studies of the National Museum of Man in Canada; returned and became head of the Dept. of Cultural Studies at Abu Dis College, Jerusalem from 1982-86, then at the Dept. of Humanities; also lectured at Birzeit University; founded the Palestinian Section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in 1988 and served as its Middle East advisor; also served as cultural advisor for PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat for some time; was a founding member of the Union of Palestinian Writers and its Sec.-Gen. in 1986; founding member of the Palestinian Union of Journalists; founded the PEN Center for Palestinian Writers, under the aegis of PEN International, in Jerusalem in 1992; head of the Palestinian Council for GREN (Global Ratification & Elections Network) since 1992; Dir.-Gen. of the Institute of Policy Studies in Jerusalem; has published several collections, incl. Ikhtartu Al-Khatar (I Have Chosen Danger) (Jerusalem, 1988), and, most recently, Episodes of the Siege (Ramallah, 2004).


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