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Ibrahim Nasrallah

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Jordan
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1954
  • Age: 61
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Ibrahim Nasrallah (born 1954) is a Jordanian-Palestinian poet, novelist, professor, painter and photographer.

Nasrallah was born in the Wihdat refugee camp at Amman, Jordan. He studied in the UN agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) schools and at the UNRWA Teacher Training College in Amman. He taught in Saudi Arabia for 2 years in the Al Qunfudhah region and worked as a journalist between 1978 and 1996. Nasrallah then returned to Jordan and worked at Dostur, Afaq and Hasad newspapers. He is in charge of cultural activities at Darat-al-Funun in Amman. He has published 14 books of poetry, 13 novels and two children's books. In 2009 his novel The Time of White Horses was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.

Nasrallah is a member of the Sakakini General Assembly. In 2006, Ibrahim Nasrallah decided to dedicate himself fully to his writing profession. In January 2014, he succeeded in summiting Mount Kilimanjaro with a group of volunteers and two Palestinian adolescents who have lost their legs. The trip, the first of its kind with participation of an Arab author, came in support to charity work for Palestinian and Arab children in need of medical care.

In June 2006, Nasrallah's fourth collection of poetry "Nu’man Yastariddu Lawnahu" (Anemone Regains Its Colour) first published in 1984, was suddenly banned in Jordan, while Nasrallah faced charges of insulting the state, inciting dissension and reporting inaccurate information to future generations.

In an interview with The Guardian, Nasrallah commented on the charges he was facing by saying: "I was completely shocked,I did not know how to respond. All I could think of at that moment was that I needed to finish the book I was working on before things got worse. But I was unable to continue writing. I was confused and angry and also afraid."


Achievements and Awards

He has won eight prizes:

In 2012 he won the inaugural (Jerusalem Award for Culture and Creativity) for his literary work.

The prestigious Sultan Owais Literary Award for Poetry in 1997, a prize for Arab language poets.

Three awards from the Jordanian Writers Association for the best volume of poetry.

The Tayseer Sbool prize for his novels in 1994.

The Arar literary Award, for Jordanian and Arab poets, Jordan, 1991

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