Jokha al-Harthi

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Jokha al-Harthi
Born1978 (age 40–41)
OccupationWriter and academic
Known forMan Booker prize 2019
Notable work
Celestial Bodies

Jokha al-Harthi (Arabic: جوخة الحارثي‎; born July 1978)[1] is an Omani writer and academic. She was educated in Oman and in the United Kingdom. She obtained her PhD in classical Arabic literature from Edinburgh University. She is currently an associate professor in the Arabic department at Sultan Qaboos University.[2]

al-Harthi has published three collections of short stories and three novels (Manamat, Sayyidat el-Qamar and Narinjah).[3] She has also authored academic works. Her work has been translated into English, Serbian, Korean, Italian, and German and published in Banipal magazine.[4] She was also one of eight participants in the 2011 IPAF Nadwa (writers' workshop). al-Harthi won the Sultan Qaboos Award for Culture, Arts and Literature, for her novel Narinjah (Bitter Orange) in 2016.

Sayyidat el-Qamar was shortlisted for Zayed Award 2011. An English translation by Marilyn Booth was published in the UK by Sandstone Press in June 2018 under the title Celestial Bodies, and won the Man Booker International Prize 2019.[5]


  1. ^ "Man Booker International Prize 2019 shortlist announced". The Man Booker Prize. 21 May 2019.
  2. ^ The Tanjara blog
  3. ^ Author's website Archived 2011-10-28 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Profile in Banipal website Archived 2012-06-13 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Women dominate Man Booker International prize 2019 shortlist". The Irish Times. Retrieved 11 April 2019.