Samih al-Qasim (1939-2014)
Date: 
August 19, 2021
Digital project: 
Palestinian Timeline

Biography | A pillar of contemporary Arabic poetry, Samih al-Qasim began writing poetry at an early age, only stopping at the end of his life. Moreover, he wrote novels and plays, leaving behind more than seventy published books. Al-Qasim worked in journalism and was prosecuted by the Israeli authorities for his advocacy against the compulsory conscription law imposed on the Druze Arab youth and his literary and political activity, especially within the Communist Party. Nevertheless, and thanks to his poetry, al-Qasim gained international recognition and employed it to show the humanist character of his people's national struggle. A number of his poems were adopted into revolutionary chants and songs popular amongst people and revolutionaries alike.

Learn more about Samih al-Qasim by reading his biography on the Palestinian Timeline.

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