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Alawiya Sobh

Alawiya Sobh
BornAlawiya Sobh
1955 (age 68–69)
Beirut, Lebanon
OccupationWriter and novelist
EducationEnglish & Arabic Literature
Alma materLebanese University

Alawiya Sobh (Arabic: علوية صبح) (born 1955) is a Lebanese writer and author.[1]


Born in Beirut, Sobh studied English & Arabic Literature at the Lebanese University.[2] Upon graduation in 1978, she pursued a career in teaching. She also began publishing articles and short stories, at first in An-Nida newspaper and then in An-Nahar. After a spell as cultural editor, she became editor-in-chief of Al-Hasnaa, a popular Arabic women's magazine, in 1986. In the early 1990s, she became editor-in-chief of women's magazine Snob Al-Hasnaa’.[3] In 2009, Sobh served on the judging panel of the Beirut39 competition.[4]

Sobh is now dedicating her time only to writing.


Short Stories

  • Slumber of Days (1986)

Novels (All novels were published originally at Dar Al Adab in their native Arabic language)

  • 2002 - Maryam Al-Hakaya (Maryam: Keeper of the Stories)
  • 2006 - Dunya (Life)
  • 2009 - Ismuhu Al-Gharam (It's Called Passion)
  • 2020 - An Taashak Al-Hayat (To Love Life)


Reception of work

Sobh's work has been critically acclaimed and is the subject of numerous doctoral works and literary studies.[11][12] For her literary accomplishments and innovative writing, Sobh received the Sultan Qaboos prize in Oman in 2007.[13] Her novels Dunya and Ismuhu Al-Gharam were long-listed for the Arabic Booker Prize in 2008[14] and 2010,[15] respectively. In 2016, an eponymous award dubbed the "Alawiya Sobh Literary critique Award" was launched at Abdelmalek Essaâdi University in Tétouan for participants whose critiques center around Sobh's work.[16] Maryam: Keeper of Stories was short-listed in 2019 for the EBRD Literature Prize.[17] Sobh's cumulative work then proceeded to earn her the Al Owais Award in 2019 for the category of "Stories: Novels and Drama".[18] Most recently in 2021, An Taashak Al-Hayat made the three-book short-list in Sheikh Zayed Book Award's Literature section.[19]


  1. ^ "Alawiya : Arabic Fiction". Archived from the original on 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2016-01-28.
  2. ^ Gropp, Lewis. "Telling Stories to Survive".
  3. ^ "Mondadori Biography". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Hay Festival". Archived from the original on 2017-07-16.
  5. ^ "Maryam".
  6. ^ "Maryam ou Le passé décomposé".
  7. ^ "Marjams Geschichten".
  8. ^ "Dunya translated into Italian".
  9. ^ "Il suo nome è passione".
  10. ^ "It's Called Passion in Romanian". Archived from the original on 2016-08-15.
  11. ^ "Banipal's biography of Alawiya Sobh". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  12. ^ "International Journal of Euro-Mediterranean Studies" (PDF).
  13. ^ "Alawiya Sobh".
  14. ^ "It's Called Love long-listed".
  15. ^ "Arabic Booker Prize longlist 2010". Archived from the original on 2012-02-02.
  16. ^ "جائزة علوية صبح في النقد الروائي في سلسلة بصمات إبداعية في المغرب". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  17. ^ "EBRD Literature Prize".
  18. ^ "Al Owais Award".
  19. ^ "Sheikh Zayed Book Awards".
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