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University of Khartoum

Deputy Head

Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions


National Secretariat of the Federation







Schmidt's Girls College

Arabic and English Literatures

American University of Beirut



University of London


Arabic Literature

School of Oriental and African Studies

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RAWI : Radius of Arab American Writers Inc.

Poet, critic, literary historian, anthologist, and founder and director of East-West Nexus/PROTA, the Project for the dissemination of Arabic literature and Arab/Islamic culture and history, Salma Khadra Jayyusi was born in East Jordan to a Palestinian father and a Lebanese mother.She has many publications both in her capacity as poet and scholar and as director of her two projects under which she has many single author books and eleven large anthologies covering all literary genres in classical and modern Arabic literature.In 2002 she published her edited comprehensive book on human rights in Arabic thought.Human Rights in Arabic Thought is a 1500 page book in Arabic (forthcoming in English) detailing the history of the notion of human rights even as early as pre-Islamic times.Currently, she is working on several projects: The City in the Islamic World; The Classical Arabic Story: An Anthology; Studies in Classical Arabic Narratives; The Jocular Anecdotes: Juha as an example; and, The Poetry of Mahmoud Darwish.Jayyusi has received eight awards the last two being The Edward Said Award for Career Excellence by the Arab/American Writers Organization and The Egyptian Higher Council for Culture's Award for "her efforts in disseminating Arabic Culture in the world."

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Salma Khadra Jayyusi, poet, writer, and literary historian.
Founder and Director of EAST-WEST NEXUS/PROTA for the

The City and the Writer: In Acre with Salma Khadra Jayyusi - Words Without Borders

The City and the Writer: In Acre with Salma Khadra Jayyusi
They said, "Come, Salma, we're joining the demonstration. Salma Khadra Jayyusi is arguably the most important disseminator of Palestinian and Arab literature and culture, and one of the most extraordinary researchers in the field. Poet, critic, and literary historian, she is the Founder and Director of PROTA, founded in 1980, for the translation of the best in Arabic literature into English; and East-West Nexus, founded in 1991, for the dissemination of the knowledge of Arabic culture and civilization outside the Arab world. Her scholarly work is pioneering and invaluable. She began her academic career as professor of Arabic literature at the universities of Khartoum, Algiers, and Constantine, then at the universities of Utah, Washington, and Texas. While teaching at Western universities, she realized the great paucity of books on Arabic culture, civilization, and literature, and felt the absolute necessity to change this situation and enhance the knowledge of Arabic culture and civilization in the world. While at the University of Texas in 1979, she decided to leave teaching and founded PROTA and then East-West Nexus. She has dedicated herself to research ever since and has succeeded in persuading several Arab institutions to support her endeavors. Under PROTA, she has published to date eleven landmark anthologies of literary texts translated into English and a substantial number of single author works; under East-West Nexus, she has edited seven comprehensive collections of multiple authors discussing the history, influence, and rich variety that have distinguished Arab-Islamic culture and civilization in classical times.

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Salma Khadra Jayyussi - Arab Women Writers

Salma Khadra Jayyusi (???? ??????? ???????) was born in Jordan to a Palestinian father and a Lebanese mother.
She grew up in Palestine surrounded by books on Arab/Islamic and Western culture, listened endlessly to stories of Arab/Islamic history and to the legends of courage, love and charity from both Arabic and Western cultures; and witnessed her father's persistent struggle to gain justice for the Palestinians. She completed her secondary education at Schmidt's Girls College in Jerusalem, and then graduated with honors in Arabic and English Literatures from the American University of Beirut. Soon after her graduation she married a Jordanian diplomat and lived, as a diplomat's wife, in several countries. She only began her career as a writer and professor after raising her 3 children. She began her critical career writing in Arabic, then, when she came to London for her Ph.D. which she obtained in 1970 from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, specializing in Arabic literature, she began and has continued to write also in English. Her poetry and critical writings and her writings on literary and cultural history (in both Arabic and English) have appeared in books and in many journals. Soon after obtaining her Ph.D. in 1970 she started her career as a University Professor teaching first at the University of Khartoum (1970-1973), then at the Universities of Algiers and Constantine (1973-1975). In 1973, she was invited by MESA (The Middle East Studies Association of North America) to go on a lecture tour in Canada and the US, on a Ford Foundation Fellowship. Then, in 1975, the University of Utah invited her to return as a Visiting Professor of Arabic literature. She remained in the US since, teaching at several universities (Utah, Washington, Texas) and doing research as Visiting scholar at the University of Michigan for 2 years, before leaving teaching to concentrate on the work of disseminating Arab/Islamic literature, history and culture in the English language. It was in 1980, as Visiting Professor at the University of Texas, which she came to the final realization that the paucity of Arabic literary and cultural material in world languages, which largely lies behind the misrepresentation of Arab/Islamic culture in the West, must be faced with determination. She took the decision to leave teaching and dedicate her time to the dissemination of Arab/Islamic culture. With the cooperation of other colleagues in both America and Britain, she founded PROTA (Project of Translation from Arabic), which she still directs. The project has created 8 comprehensive anthologies, & many single author books in translation. These works aim at introducing some of the best creative examples of Arabic literature, classical and modern, to the English-speaking world. She commissions the translations to efficient bilingual translators` as a first stage, then does the finishing process with the cooperation of established writers and poets in America and Britain. All PROTA anthologies and many of its single author books have introductions, mostly written by Jayyusi herself, elucidating their artistic and semantic value. Jayyusi has gone on many lecture tours in the Arab world, America and Europe. She has attended many conferences, and has lectured at cultural and academic institutions in the Arab world, in the Far East and in the West. At the end of the eighties, Jayyusi realized that, aside from translations and the offering of critical introductions to the translated works, it was equally important, to introduce cogent cultural studies as well into the program. She then founded East-West Nexus, & her first work in this field was TheLegacy of Muslim Spain, an 1,100 page edited book written by 42 world scholars. Jerusalem in Ancient History and Tradition, ed. by Thomas Thompson with the collaboration of Salma Khadra Jayyusi, London- New York, 2003.

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