Suad Amiry

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Suad Amiry
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Born1951 (age 70–71)

Suad Amiry (Arabic: سعاد العامري) (born 1951) is an author and architect living in the West Bank city of Ramallah.


She studied architecture at the American University of Beirut, the University of Michigan, and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Her parents went from Palestine to Amman, Jordan. She was brought up there and went to Lebanon's capital of Beirut to study architecture.

Personal life[edit]

When she returned to Ramallah as a tourist in 1981, she met Salim Tamari, whom she married later, and stayed.


Her book Sharon and My Mother-in-Law has been translated into 19 languages, the last one in Arabic, which was a bestseller in France, and was awarded in 2004 the prestigious Viareggio Prize in Italy together with Italo-Israeli Manuela Dviri, a journalist, playwright, and writer whose son was killed by a Hezbollah rocket during a confrontation while he was serving in the Israeli Army.

From 1991 to 1993 Amiry was a member of a Palestinian peace delegation in Washington, D.C.. She is engaged in some major peace initiatives of Palestinian and Israeli women.

From 1994 to 1996 she was the Assistant Deputy Minister and Director General of the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Culture.[1]

She is Director and founder of the Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation, the center was founded in 1991; the first of its kind to work on the rehabilitation and protection of architectural heritage in Palestine.

Amiry was a member of staff at Birzeit University until 1991,[2] since then she has worked for Riwaq where she is the director.[3] She was appointed as a vice-chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Birzeit University [2] in 2006.


One of Riwaq's first projects was the compilation of a registry of buildings of significant historical value in Palestine. Completed in 2004, it listed 50,000 buildings, around half of which were abandoned. In 2001 Riwaq launched a ten year program of job creation through conservation (tashgheel). Workers were trained in the use of traditional materials and techniques. In 2005 they launched the 50 villages project restoring public spaces and involving villagers in renovating their own properties.[4] Riwaq has also done important work on the so-called "throne villages" (qura al-karasi), the centres of Ottoman tax districts.[5]



  1. ^ "Suad Amiry | Penguin Random House".
  2. ^ a b[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "About Riwaq". 10 December 2006. Archived from the original on 10 December 2006.
  4. ^ Ross, Andrew (2019) Stone Men. The Palestinians Who Built Israel. Verso. ISBN 978-1-78873-026-6 p.103
  5. ^ Ross. p.114

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