Abdelkebir Khatibi

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Abdelkebir Khatibi
Born(1938-02-11)February 11, 1938
DiedMarch 16, 2009(2009-03-16) (aged 71)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Paris
ThesisLe roman maghrébin d'expression arabe et française depuis 1945 (1965)
Doctoral advisorAlbert Memmi

Abdelkebir Khatibi (Arabic: عبد الكبير الخطيبي‎) (11 February 1938 – 16 March 2009) was a prolific Moroccan literary critic, novelist, philosopher, playwright, poet, and sociologist. Affected in his late twenties by the rebellious spirit of 1960s counterculture, he challenged in his writings the social and political norms upon which the countries of the Maghreb region were constructed.

Career[edit]

Khatibi was born on February 11, 1938, in the Atlantic port city of El Jadida. By the age of 12, he began to write poems, in Arabic and French, which he sent to the radio and newspapers.[1] He studied sociology at the Sorbonne, receiving a doctorate in 1965.[2] His dissertation, Le Roman maghrébin [The Maghribian Novel], which examines the question of how a novelist could avoid propagandizing in the context of a postrevolutionary society, and its follow-up, Bilan de la sociologie au Maroc [Assessment of Sociology Concerning Morocco] were both published shortly after the Paris Spring unrest of May 1968. He worked as a director of the Institut de sociologie (Institute of Sociology) in Rabat from 1966 until the institute's closure in 1970.[3]

Final years[edit]

In his later years, Abdelkebir Khatibi had been suffering from a chronic cardiac condition which led to his death in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, five weeks after his 71st birthday. During the final stages of his illness, a measure of the high regard in which he was held was seen in the personal concern of King Mohammed VI who directed his transfer to Morocco's premier medical facility, Sheikh Zayed Hospital.

Khatibi is survived by his widow and their two children.

Awards and honours[edit]

  • 1977: Prix Broquette-Gonin for his work L’art calligraphique arabe
  • 1994: Prix du Rayonnement de la langue et de la littérature françaises
  • 1997: Prix Grand Atlas for his work Du Signe à l’image, le tapis marocain (co-author Ali Amahan)
  • 2008: Grand Prix SGDL de Poésie for his work Poésie de l'aimance

Partial bibliography[edit]

Letter collections[edit]

  • Le même livre (in French). co-author Jacques Hassoun. Editions de l'Eclat. 1985. ISBN 978-2-905372-04-8.CS1 maint: others (link)

Essays[edit]

Novels[edit]

Plays[edit]

  • La Mort des artistes [The Death of the Artists] (1964)
  • Le Prophète voilé [The Veiled Prophet] (1979)

Poetry[edit]

  • Le lutteur de classe à la manière taoïste [The Fighter of Class in the Taoist Manner]. Paris: Sindbad. 1979.
  • De la mille et troisième nuit. Éditions marocaines et internationales. 1980.
  • Dédicace à l'année qui vient. Éditions Fata Morgana. 1986.

Sociology[edit]

  • Bilan de la sociologie au Maroc. Rabat. 1968.
  • Pouvoir et administration: études sur les élites maghrébines. Paris: CNRS. 1970.
  • Études sociologiques sur le Maroc [Sociological Studies Regarding Morocco] (1971)

Writings on Abdelkebir[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rousseau, Christine (2009-03-25). "Abdelkébir Khatibi, philosophe, sociologue et romancier". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  2. ^ Kelly, Debra (2005). Autobiography and Independence: Selfhood and Creativity in North African Postcolonial Writing in French. Liverpool University Press. pp. 205-206. ISBN 978-0-85323-659-7.
  3. ^ Déjeux, Jean (1984). Dictionnaire des auteurs maghrébins de langue française (in French). KARTHALA Editions. p. 242. ISBN 978-2-86537-085-6.

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