Ahmed Rafiq Almhadoui

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Ahmed Rafiq al-Mahdawi (Arabic: احمد رفيق المهداوي‎ 1898 - 1961) was a Libyan poet. Al-Mahdawi was born in 1898 in the village of Fassāṭo in Libya's Nafusa Mountains.

Early life[edit]

At the age of 13 he immigrated to Egypt where he studied and achieved primary, secondary and baccalaureate.


He returned to Libya[when?], and he worked there as a secretary of the Benghazi Council. But the Italian Fascists excluded him, thus he immigrated to Turkey in 1934, before he came back to it, as an exiled from Italians in 1936. He returned to his home in 1946, and that has contributed greatly to participate in the national movement which crowned by the independence of Libya in 24 December 1952, when he was appointed a member of the Senate. The major events in Libya, Egypt, Palestine and Tunisia, had taken a great place in his poetry. The guru of Arab authors “Al-‘Aqqād” called him: the leader of poetry renovation. He died in 1961 in Libya. His more famous poem is under the title of (To Italy). He wrote it after defeat of Axis countries in 1945.