Radwa Ashour

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Radwa Ashour
Born (1946-05-26)26 May 1946
El-Manial, Egypt
Died 30 November 2014(2014-11-30) (aged 68)
Cairo, Egypt
Occupation Novelist
Language Arabic, English
Nationality Egyptian
Citizenship Egyptian
Education Cairo University
University of Massachusetts
Years active (1967–2014)
Spouse Mourid Barghouti
Children Tamim al-Barghouti

Radwa Ashour (Arabic: رضوى عاشور‎) (26 May 1946 – 30 November 2014) was an Egyptian novelist.[1]


Ashour was born in El-Manial. She graduated from Cairo University with a BA in 1967, and MA. in 1972, and from University of Massachusetts Amherst with a PhD in African American Literature in 1975.[2] Her dissertation was titled: The search for a Black poetics: a study of Afro-American critical writings.[3] She taught at Ain Shams University, Cairo. She married Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti in 1970. She gave birth to her son, poet Tamim al-Barghouti, in 1977.

She won the 2007 Constantine Cavafy Prize for Literature.[4] She died on 30 November 2014.[5]


On May 26, 2018, Google Doodle commemorated Radwa Ashour's 72nd birthday.[6]


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  1. ^ "The English Pen Online World Atlas – Radwa Ashour". Penatlas.org. 31 May 2008. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  2. ^ "Ashour, Radwa (1946–) – BIOGRAPHICAL HIGHLIGHTS, PERSONAL CHRONOLOGY:, PERSONAL HISTORY, INFLUENCES AND CONTRIBUTIONS, THE WORLD'S PERSPECTIVE, LEGACY – University, Cairo, Book, and Literature – JRank Articles". Encyclopedia.jrank.org. 26 May 1946. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  3. ^ Ashour, Radwa M. 1979. The Search for a Black Poetics: a study of Afro-American critical writings. Thesis—University of Massachusetts.
  4. ^ "Radwa Ashour | Who is she in Egypt". Whoisshe.wmf.org.eg. Archived from the original on 27 November 2010. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  5. ^ "Egyptian writer Radwa Ashour dies at 68". ahram.org.eg. 1 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Radwa Ashour's 72nd Birthday". Google. 
  7. ^ "Arab America – News – Egyptian Novelist Radwa Ashour's "Specters" Translated by Barbara Romaine". Arabdetroit.com. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 

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