Tamim al-Barghouti

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Tamim Al-Barghouti (Arabic: تميم البرغوثي‎, born 1977, Cairo) is a Palestinian poet and political scientist.[1] Al-Barghouti comes from a literary family. His father is the Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti, and his mother is the Egyptian novelist and scholar, Radwa Ashour. Al-Barghouti is the author of four poetry collections: meejana (Ramallah 1999), Al-Manzar (Cairo 2000), Qaluli Bethebb Masr (Cairo 2005), and Maqam Iraq (Cairo 2005). He is also the author of Benign Nationalism: Egyptian Nation State Building under Occupation (2007) and has recently published a book entitled The Umma and The Dawla: The Nation State and the Arab Middle East (Pluto Press, 2008).[citation needed]

Al-Barghouti writes poetry in Standard Arabic as well as the Palestinian, Egyptian and Iraqi colloquial dialects. He obtained a B.A. in Political Science at Cairo University in 1999, and specialized in International Relations at the American University in Cairo, from which he graduated in 2001.[citation needed] He received a PhD in political science from Boston University in 2004, and became an assistant professor at the American University in Cairo in 2005.[citation needed] During 2003 and 2004, he wrote a weekly column in the Lebanese Daily Star newspaper on colonialism and Arab history and identity.[citation needed]

During 1996 and 1997, he won the music prize of his faculty at Cairo University. The faculty awarded him the poetry prize in 1998. During that same year, he won the poetry medal of the High Institute of Applied Arts. In 2000, he received the poetry prize of the Regional Cultural Foundation in Marrakech, Morocco.[citation needed]

He was a visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, between 2008 and 2011, where he taught Comparative Politics of the Middle East, Arab nationalism, and Islamic political thought.[citation needed]

Al-Barghouti appeared in the first season of the television poetry competition Prince of Poets, becoming popular among Palestinians.[2]

Al-Barghouti is currently a Consultant to the United Nations Economic and Social Committee for West Asia.


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