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Mourid Barghouti

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Mourid Barghouti
مريد البرغوثي
Personal details
Born(1944-07-08)8 July 1944
Deir Ghassana, Mandatory Palestine[1]
Died14 February 2021(2021-02-14) (aged 76)
Amman, Jordan
ChildrenTamim Albarghouti

Mourid Barghouti (Arabic: مريد البرغوثي, Murīd al-Barghūthī; 8 July 1944 – 14 February 2021) was a Palestinian poet and writer.


Barghouti was born in Deir Ghassana, near Ramallah, on the West Bank, in 8 July 1944.[2] He studied English literature at Cairo University, graduating in 1967,[3] though he was exiled from Egypt in 1977.[4][5]

The Oslo Accords finally allowed Barghouti to return to the West Bank, and in 1996 he returned to Ramallah after 30 years of exile.[2][6] This event inspired his autobiographical novel Ra'aytu Ram Allah (I Saw Ramallah), published by Dar Al Hilal (Cairo, 1997), which won him the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in the same year.[7] A follow-up, I Was Born There, I Was Born Here was written when he and his son, Tamim, made a visit to the city.[8]

In an interview with Maya Jaggi in The Guardian, Barghouti was quoted as saying: "I learn from trees. Just as many fruits drop before they're ripe, when I write a poem I treat it with healthy cruelty, deleting images to take care of the right ones."[5]

Barghouti was married to the novelist Radwa Ashour,[9] with whom he had a son, the poet Tamim Barghouti.[2] He died in Amman on 14 February 2021, aged 76.[10]


English translations:

  • Midnight and Other Poems, translated by Radwa Ashour, ARC Publications, UK, October 2008, ISBN 1-904614-68-X, ISBN 978-1-904614-68-5
  • I Was Born There, I Was Born Here, Bloomsbury, 2011
  • I Saw Ramallah Random House, Anchor Books, 2003-05-13 ISBN 1-4000-3266-0 and Bloomsbury, UK, ISBN 0-7475-7470-7 and the American University in Cairo Press (January 2003), ISBN 978-977-424-755-2
  • A Small Sun, Poems translated by Radwa Ashour and W. S. Merwin, Aldeburgh Poetry Trust, 2003 paperback, Suffolk, UK, ISBN 0-9535422-2-X
  • Contributor to A New Divan: A Lyrical Dialogue Between East and West. ISBN 9781909942288

Spanish translations:


  1. ^ Tonkin, Boyd (23 January 2009). "Midnight, By Mourid Barghouti, trans Radwa Ashour". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 6 December 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2024.
  2. ^ a b c "Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti dies at 76". Al Jazeera. 15 February 2021. Retrieved 1 June 2024.
  3. ^ Salamar, Samir (15 February 2021). "Iconic Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti dies aged 76". Gulf News. Archived from the original on 15 February 2021. Retrieved 15 February 2021.
  4. ^ Shannon Jenkins, Kate (22 September 2017). ""Sometimes People Write Poetry with Their Feet": A Conversation with Tamim Al-Barghouti". The New Yorker. Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  5. ^ a b Jaggi, Maya (12 December 2008). "A life in writing: Mourid Barghouti". the Guardian. Archived from the original on 20 August 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2024.
  6. ^ Datta, Sudipta (27 March 2021). "'I Saw Ramallah' by Mourid Barghouti". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  7. ^ "The Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature". AUCPress. Retrieved 1 June 2024.
  8. ^ Thomas, Ros. Was it something I said? : Misadventures in suburbia. ISBN 9781742586311. OCLC 882933271.
  9. ^ mlynxqualey (2 December 2014). "Poet Mourid Barghouti on His Wife, Novelist Radwa Ashour (1946-2014)". ArabLit & ArabLit Quarterly. Retrieved 11 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti dies at the age of 76". Ahram Online. 14 February 2021. Archived from the original on 15 February 2021. Retrieved 1 June 2024.

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