Maqbul Al-Alawi

Maqbul Al-Alawi

Maqbul Al-Alawi is a Saudi novelist, short story writer, and author, born in 1968 in Al-Qunfudhah Province. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Umm Al-Qura University in Mecca in 1992, then worked as an art and crafts teacher.

The novelist Maqbul Al-Alawi has a diverse literary output including “Jeddah Seduction,” his first novel released in 2010, “Years of Love and Sin” in 2011, the short story “Girls of the Underworld” in 2013, “Maps of Lost Cities” in 2014, “Ziryab” in 2014, “The Little Bedouin” in 2016, the short story collection “The Copt” in 2016, “Man with a Bad Reputation” in 2016, “Van Gogh’s Flowers,” “Tayf Al-Hallaj” in 2018, “Barlik Journey” in 2019, and “Creatures of Confusion” in 2022.

Accolades and Achievements: Recognitions of Mqbel Al-Alawi’s Literary Works

His novel “Ziryab” won the Ministry of Media and Culture Award for the Novel category at the Riyadh International Book Fair in 2015. “Maps of Lost Cities” won first place and the Prince Saud bin Abdul Mohsen bin Abdul Aziz Award for Saudi Novel in 2016. “Tayf Al-Hallaj” won the Best Arabic Novel award at the Sharjah International Book Fair in 2019.

He achieved second place in the Literature Award category in the first edition of the National Cultural Awards Initiative in 2021. His first novel, “Jeddah Seduction,” made it to the longlist of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2011. His second novel, “Years of Love and Sin,” was shortlisted for the Saudi Novel Award in 2012, while “Barlik Journey” made it to the longlist of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction “Booker” in 2020, and “Creatures of Confusion” reached the longlist of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award in the Literature category.

Al-Alawi said about writing his novel “Barlik Journey”: “I started writing the novel in late 2017, and I wrote it continuously and without interruption. The inspiration that made me write the novel was my deep influence from what I read in many books about the inhumane forced displacement of the inhabitants of Medina, the second oldest sacred spot, by the Ottoman ruler Fakhri Pasha in the early 19th century. It was a dark and gloomy period in the region’s history.”

Books Written by Maqbul Al-Alawi