Suad Amiry

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Suad Amiry (Arabic: سعاد العامري‎) (born 1951) is an author and also an 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. 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.

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.

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 [1][permanent dead link], since then she has worked for Riwaq where she is the director [2]. She was appointed as a vice-chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Birzeit University [3][permanent dead link] in 2006.


  • Amiry, Suad (1987). Space, Kinship and Gender: The Social Dimension of Peasant Architecture in Palestine. University of Edinburgh-Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • Sharon and My Mother-in-Law : Ramallah Diaries. (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)
  • Nothing to Lose but Your Life : An 18-Hour Journey with Murad. (Paperback; Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing)

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