|Born||1975 (age 41–42)
|Alma mater||Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
|Occupation||author and journalist|
Sayed Kashua was born in Tira in the Triangle region of Israel to Muslim parents of Palestinian descent. In 1990, he was accepted to a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem - Israel Arts and Science Academy. He studied sociology and philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Kashua was a resident of Beit Safafa before moving to a Jewish neighborhood of Jerusalem with his wife and children.
Kashua accepted teaching positions in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and Chicago, moving there with his wife and three children for the 2014/15 academic year. He participated in the Creative Writing program's bilingualism workshop at the University of Chicago and is a clinical professor in the Israel Studies program at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. His Haaretz column of July 4, titled "Why Sayed Kashua is Leaving Jerusalem and Never Coming Back: Everything people had told him since he was a teenager is coming true. Jewish-Arab co-existence has failed." was published at a volatile time in the country's intergroup relations, involving the kidnapping/murders of Jewish students in the West Bank and an Arab youth in East Jerusalem, though prior to the July 8 outbreak of the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict. His declaration elicited numerous responses in the Israeli press from colleagues and readers who were concerned by the issues he raises.
Kashua publishes a personal weekly column in Hebrew for Haaretz newspaper and a local Jerusalem weekly, HaIr. In a humorous, tongue-in-cheek style, his anecdotal pieces address the problems faced by Arabs in Israel.
Avoda Aravit (2007), or in English, Arab Labor, is a satirical sitcom written by Kashua and aired on Israel's Channel 2. A large part of the dialogue is in Arabic with Hebrew subtitles. The show is about a young Arab couple, Amjad (Norman Issa) and Bushra (Clara Khoury), and their young daughter, who live in an Arab village on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Amjad is a journalist working for a Hebrew newspaper (much like Haaretz) who desperately seeks to assimilate into the prevailing Israeli Jewish cultural milieu with mixed and hilarious results. The show holds a mirror up to the racism and ignorance on both sides of the ethnic divide and has been compared with All in the Family.
In the auto-fictional drama The Writer (2015) draws Kateb on his own experiences for his depiction of the turbulent daily life of a young Arab and his family living in Israel. But the more successful his satirical TV series becomes, the more Kateb feels alienated from his alter ego.
- Dancing Arabs (2014)
A film adaptation of Kashua's second novel, Let It Be Morning, is slated to begin production in early 2017.
Awards and prizes
- In 2004, Kashua won the Prime Minister's prize for literature.
- Arab Labor won the Award for Best Television Series at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
- Kashua won the 2011 Bernstein Prize for his novel Second Person Singular.
- Dancing Arabs (2002)
- Let it be Morning (2006)
- Second Person Singular (2010) (also published as Exposure (2013))
- Native: Dispatches from an Israeli-Palestinian Life (2016)
A 2009 documentary film (directed and written by Dorit Zimbalist, produced by Barak Heymann and Dorit Zimbalist), Sayed Kashua — Forever Scared, documents the upheavals and events that changed Kashua's life over a period of seven years.
- Kershner, Isabel (2008-01-07). "Straddling Cultures, Irreverently, in Life and Art". New York Times. Israel. Retrieved 2011-07-19.
- Atlantic Books: Sayed Kashua
- Jewish Culture and Society: Faculty Directory
- "Boston Review — lalami.php". Bostonreview.net. Archived from the original on July 25, 2008. Retrieved 2011-07-19.
- Melanie Goodfellow (8 July 2016). "Eran Kolirin to adapt Kashua's "Let It Be Morning"". Screen Daily online. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
- Sayed Kashua on The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature website Archived January 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Award winners". webcache.googleusercontent.com.[dead link]
- פרס ברנשטיין לסייד קשוע [The Bernstein Prize to Sayed Kashua] (in Hebrew), ישראל היום, July 19, 2011, p. 31
- "Sayed Kashua - Forever Scared". Heymann Brothers Films. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
- Sayed Kashua: Forever Scared (2009) at the Internet Movie Database
- "Sayed Kashua- Forever Scared". Ruth Diskin Films. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
- Pulled through from fear Sigrid Brinkmann, Germany Radio. 2005-06-21
- Sayed Qashu; Miriam Shlesinger (9 April 2004). Dancing Arabs. Grove Press. ISBN 978-0-8021-4126-2. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
- Sayed Kashua at the Internet Movie Database
- on YouTube 15 September 2013 keynote lecture at the European Association of Israel Studies (based at SOAS) 2nd Annual Conference (Kashua speaks from 10 minutes on)