Joumana Haddad

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Joumana Haddad (Arabic: جمانة حداد‎) ( Salloum; December 6, 1970 in Beirut) is a Lebanese author, public speaker, journalist and women's rights activist.[1] She has been selected as one of the world’s 100 most powerful Arab women for four years in a row by Arabian Business Magazine (she came in position 34 in 2017), for her cultural and social activism.[2] She is founder of Jasad, a quarterly Arabic-language magazine specialized in the arts and literature of the body (2009–2011). Haddad launched a new TV show in November 2018 on Alhurra highlighting the topics of free expression and critical thinking.[3]


Joumana Haddad at one of her events Beirut 2018

She's been the cultural editor of An-Nahar newspaper, where she worked between 1997 and 2017. Joumana Haddad is on the Board[4] of Advisors of MARCH Lebanon (an NGO fighting censorship and raising awareness about the right to free expression).

In 2009, she co-wrote and acted in a movie by Lebanese filmmaker Jocelyne Saab ("What's going on?").[5]

In October 2009, she has been chosen as one of the 39 most interesting Arab writers under 39.[6]

In November 2009, she won the International Prize North South for poetry, of the Pescarabruzzo Foundation in Italy.[7] The winner of the novel prize was Austrian writer Peter Handke.

In February 2010, she won the Blue Metropolis Al Majidi Ibn Dhaher Arab Literary Prize[8]

In August 2010, she received the Rodolfo Gentili Prize in Porto Recanati, Italy.[9]

In November 2012, she received the Cutuli Prize for journalism in Catania, Italy.[10]

In July 2013, she was appointed honorary ambassador for culture and human rights for the city of Naples in the Mediterranean by the mayor of Naples Luigi de Magistris.[11]

In February 2014, she was awarded the "Career Poetry Prize" by the Archicultura Foundation in Acquiterme, Italy.[12]

In December 2018, Haddad won the Social Economic Award for the category of Social Media Influencer. [13]

Haddad's magazine is the feature of a 2013 film by Amanda Homsi-Ottosson, Jasad & The Queen of Contradictions, a Women Make Movies release.[14]

She ran for the Lebanese parliamentary elections on May 6, 2018. After she was announced a winner on the night of the elections by local TV news channels [15] , the authorities declared that she had actually lost on the morning of the following day, so there was a big demonstration [16] in front of the Ministry of Interior on the afternoon of May 7 to protest the results and ask for a recount [17]. Haddad went on to submit an appeal to the Constitutional Council on June 7 with the prominent lawyer Melhem Khalaf, [18] but her case was supported by only three out of the ten members of the Council, so her appeal for a recount was revoked. [19]


Selection of books by Joumana Haddad

Bibliography in Arabic[edit]

  • Invitation to a secret feast, poetry, (2008)
  • Two hands to the abyss, poetry, (2000)
  • I did not sin enough, selected poems, (2003)
  • Lilith's Return, poetry, (2004)
  • The panther hidden at the base of her shoulders, selected poems, (2006)
  • In the company of the fire thieves, Conversations with international writers, (2006)
  • Death will come and it will have your eyes, Anthology of 150 poets who committed suicide, (2007)
  • Bad habits, selected poems, (2007)
  • Mirrors of the passers by, poetry, (2008)
  • Kitab el Jeem, poetry, (2012)[20]
  • Cages, theater, (2014)
  • Bint El Khyatta, novel, (2018) [21]

Bibliography and translations of her books in English[edit]

  • Invitation to a Secret Feast, poetry, 2008, Tupelo Press, Vermont, USA.
  • Madinah, city stories from the Middle East, anthology, 2008, "Comma Press", Manchester, UK.[22]
  • I Killed Scheherazade, Essay, 2010, "Saqi Books", London, UK.[23] The book has been translated to French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Croatian, Norwegian, Romanian and Arabic.[24]
  • Superman is an Arab, Essay, 2012, "Westbourne Press", London, UK.[25] The book has been translated to French, Italian, Spanish, Croatian and Arabic.
  • The Third Sex, Essay, 2015, "Nawfal", Beirut, Lebanon.
  • The Seamstress' Daughter, Novel, 2018, "Nawfal", Beirut, Lebanon.[26]

Bibliography in Italian[edit]

  • Le sette vite di Luca, Children's literature, 2011, Mondadori Junior, Milan, Italy.[27]

Bibliography in Spanish[edit]

  • Allí donde el río se incendia, Antología poética, 2005, Ediciones De Aquí, Málaga, Espana, 2006, Fundación Editorial El Perro y la Rana, Caracas, Venezuela.

Bibliography in French[edit]

  • Le temps d'un rêve, Poésie, (1995)
  • Les amants ne devraient porter que des mocassins, littérature érotique, 2010, Editions Humus.[28]

Translations into other languages[edit]

  • Damit ich abreisen kann, 2005, Lisan Verlag, Basel, Switzerland.
  • Cuando me hice fruta, 2006, Monte Ávila Editores, Caracas, Venezuela.
  • El retorno de Lilith, 2007, Editorial Praxis, Mexico, Mexico/ 2010, Diputacion Provincial de Malaga, Mar Remoto, Spain.[29]
  • Le retour de Lilith, 2007, Editions L’Inventaire, Paris, France/ 2011, Editions Actes Sud, Paris, France.
  • Liliths Wiederkehr, 2008, Verlag Hans Schiler, Berlin, Germany.
  • Adrenalina, 2009, "Edizioni del Leone", Venice, Italy.[30]
  • Il ritorno di Lilith, 2010, "Edizioni l'Asino d'Oro", Rome, Italy.[31]
  • Lilits återkomst, 2010, Bokförlaget Tranan, Stockholm, Sweden.[32]
  • Espejos de las fugaces, 2010, "Vaso Roto ediciones", Mexico.[33]
  • Miroirs des passantes dans le songe, 2010, « Al Dante », Paris, France.[34]
  • Las siete vidas de Luca, Literatura infantil, 2011, Vaso Roto, México, México.[35]
  • Los amantes deberían llevar solo mocasines, Literatura erótica, 2011, Vaso Roto, México, México.[36]
  • Am ucis-o pe Seherezada, Philobia, 2012, Bucharest, Romania

Personal life[edit]

Joumana was born into a conservative Christian (Greek Catholic) family. Her mother is of Armenian extraction from her own mother's side, and Syriac Catholic from her father's side. She has married twice, and has two children.

She lives in Beirut. She is a staunch atheist and critic of organised religion.[37][38][39][40] [41].


Joumana Haddad is a feminist (she defines herself as a third wave feminist). She is an activist for equality, human rights, individual freedoms and secularism. She is also known for her activism against homophobia in Lebanon and the Arab world. [42] [43]

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