Samira Azzam (1927-1967)
Date: 
August 8, 2020
Digital project: 
Palestinian Timeline

Among Palestinian women, Samira Azzam was a pioneer in the field of journalism and broadcasting and in terms of underground nationalist activity. She was also active in the field of translation. She also produced five short story collections as well as literary and critical studies. The Egyptian critic Raja al-Naqqash called her the “princess of the Arabic short story.” In his obituary of her, Ghassan Kanafani addressed her as “My teacher and instructor.” As regards her literary output, Kanafani stated: “One cannot describe her output as feminist. Rather, one might call it a ‘literature of exile’ because it revolves around a national cause more extensive from the human point of view than a mere reflection of women’s psychological or sentimental reality.”...

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