Haidar Haidar

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Haidar Haidar (Arabic: حيدر حيدر‎) (born 1936 in Husayn al-Baher) is a Syrian writer and novelist.

His novel Walimah li A'ashab al-Bahr was banned in several Arab countries, and even resulted in a belated angry reaction from the clerics of Al-Azhar University upon reprinting in Egypt in the year 2000. The clerics issued a Fatwa banning the novel, and accused Haidar of heresy and offending Islam. Al-Azhar University students staged huge protests against the novel, that eventually led to its confiscation.[1][2][3][4]



  • Al-Fahd (الفهد) The Cheetah, 1968.
  • Az-Zaman al-Muhish (الزمن الموحش) The Desolate Time, 1973.
  • Walimah li A'ashab al-Bahr (وليمة لأعشاب البحر) A Feast for the Seaweeds, 1983.
  • Maraya an-Nar (مرايا النار) The Mirrors of Fire.
  • Shumous al-Ghajar (شموس الغجر) The Suns of Gypsies, 1996.
  • Haql Urjuwan (حقل أرجوان) A Field of Purple, 2000.
  • Marathi al-Ayyam (مراثي الأيام), The Elegies of Days, 2001.

Short stories[edit]

  • Hakaya an-Nawrass al-Muhajir (حكايا النورس المهاجر) Tales of the Migrating Seagull, 1968.
  • Al-Wamdh (الومض) The flash, 1970.
  • Al-Faiadhan (الفيضان) The Flood, 1975.
  • Al-Wu'ul (الوعول) The Ibecis, 1978.
  • At-Tamawujat (التموجات) The Ripples, 1982.
  • Ghasaq al-Aalihah (غسق الآلهة) The Dusk of Gods, 1994.

Other works[edit]

  • Capucci (كبوتشي) biography of Capucci, 1978.
  • Awraq al-Manfa (أوراق المنفى) Exile Papers, 1993.
  • Olumona (علومنا) Our Sciences.


  1. ^ Off the shelf -- and then where? Archived 2012-04-21 at WebCite. Al-Ahram. 7 February 2001
  2. ^ Egypt censors book fair[permanent dead link]. AFP 29 January 2008
  3. ^ Book fair opens amid controversy. Heba Sala, BBC 25 January 2001
  4. ^ Cairo book protesters released. BBC 12 May 2000