Tributes pour in for Gharib Asqalani, the ‘sheikh of Palestinian novelists’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas decorates novelist Gharib Asqalani with the Order of Culture, Sciences and Arts.

Creator Gharib Asqalani, who died in Gaza on Tuesday, has been celebrated for his works, particularly for these centering on Palestinian life.

The author, who was 74, penned six quick story collections, 9 novels and three essay compilations throughout his prolonged profession. He additionally printed three anthologies of quick tales on-line. His tales have been translated into English, French, Spanish and Russian. His best-known works embody The Ring, The Guide of Gaza and Nights of the Lunar Months.

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Palestinian Minister of Tradition Atef Abu Seif stated Asqalani was a luminary of Palestine’s cultural motion and wrote in regards to the “aches and struggles of its folks.” His legacy, the minister stated, will thrive within the Gaza colleges he taught and within the cultural establishments he was concerned in.

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“With the departure of Gharib Asqalani, the nationwide cultural motion has misplaced an icon and considered one of its flags, who established artistic consciousness and enriched the cultural scene along with his artistic thought and creativity,” the minister stated.

Identified additionally as Ibrahim Al-Zant, Asqalani was born in Majdal in 1948, the identical 12 months the Palestinian village was depopulated and bulldozed by Israeli forces. His household fled to the Al Shati refugee camp in Gaza.

Asqalani travelled to Egypt to pursue his increased training, receiving a bachelor’s in agricultural economics from Alexandria College in 1969 and a postgraduate diploma in Islamic research from the Institute of Islamic Analysis and Research in Cairo in 1983.

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He moved throughout varied professions whereas pursuing his literary profession. He labored as a trainer within the Gaza Strip, an agricultural engineer on Syria’s Euphrates Dam, as a director for the Ministry of Tradition in addition to a media spokesman for the Palestine Worldwide Guide Honest.

He was awarded the Medal of Tradition, Science and Arts in 2016 by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

“He was one of the crucial well-known novelists and quick story writers in Palestine,” one Twitter person wrote in tribute to Asqalani. “He was often known as the sheikh of Palestinian novelists.”

“Might [his] soul be granted mercy and forgiveness,” one other wrote. “[He] spent [his] life defending Palestine, ready to return to the attractive Majdal. He carried his reminiscences to the refugee camp within the Gaza Strip to embody along with his works the Palestinian ache, roaming along with his readers the alleys of the homeland.”

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