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critic , novelist , writer , poet

JabrA IbrAHIM JabrA, Palestinian, Iraqi writer, novelist, poet, critic. Recipient Targol Europa for culture prize Interart, European Parliament, 1984, distinguished prize Foundation for Advancement of Science, Kuwait, 1987, Saddam prize for novel Government of Iraq, 1988, Jerusalem medal for creative work Palestine Liberation Organization, 1989, medal of merit 1s class Government of Tunisia, 1991.


JabrA, JabrA IbrAHIM was born on August 28, 1920 in Bethlehem, Palestine. Arrived in Iraq, 1948. Son of Ibrahim and Mariam (Yacoub) JabrA.


Bachelor in English Literature, Cambridge (England) University, 1943;Master of Arts in English Literature, Cambridge (England) University, 1948;postgraduate, Harvard University, 1952-1954.


Lecturer English literature, Rashidiya College, Jerusalem, 1944-1948;lecturer English literature, College Arts and Sciences, Baghdad, Iraq, 1948-1952;research fellow in literature criticism, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1952-1954;member senior staff, Iraq Petroleum Company, Baghdad, 1954-1972;head information and publications, Iraq National Oil Corporation, Baghdad, 1972-1977;cultural counsellor, Ministry Culture and Information, Baghdad, 1977-1984;editor-in-chief, Funoon Arabiya, Arab arts magazine, London and Baghdad, 1981-1985. Visiting professor University of California, Berkeley, 1976. Distinguished visiting professor American U. in Cairo, spring 1993.


  • Other Work

    • Author 34 books, including novels, poetry and criticism. Translator 30 books, including 7 Shakespeare plays, The Sound and the Fury (Faulkner). Contributor numerous essays in English and Arabic to various publications.


Member International Association Art Critics (permanent), Art Critics Association Iraq (president 1982-1990).


  • Other Interests

    Avocation: music, especially baroque and pre-baroque.


Married Lamia Barqi Askary, August 9, 1952 (deceased October 1992).

Ibrahim JabrA

Mariam (Yacoub) JabrA

Lamia Barqi Askary