Biography | A native of Ayn Ghazal village in the district of Haifa, Ihsan Abbas was nicknamed the “Shaykh of Arab critics and editors.” After completing his preparatory studies, he joined the Arab College in Jerusalem and worked in education. Later, he received a scholarship to study Arabic literature at King Fuad I University (now Cairo University), where he obtained his BA in 1949. However, the Nakba forced him to stay in Cairo; hence he received his master’s and doctoral degrees there. Throughout the 1950s, Abbas worked as a professor at Gordon Memorial College (later the University of Khartoum) before teaching at the American University of Beirut. He also held the position of a visiting professor in several European and American universities. Finally, he spent his last years in Amman before leaving us more than ninety books in the fields of criticism, manuscript authentication, and translation.
Learn more about Ihsan Abbas by reading his biography on the Palestinian Timeline.