Najwa Bin Shatwan

Najwa Bin Shatwan

Najwa Bin Shatwan, a notable Libyan academic and novelist, significantly impacts Arab literature. Renowned as a short story writer, playwright, and novelist, her works have earned several prestigious accolades. Her play “Al Metaf” (The Coat) received the third prize at the Sharjah Festival for Arab Creativity in 2002, and her novel “Waber Al Ahssina” (The Horses Hair) won the Best Arabic Novel Prize at the Sudanese al-Begrawiya Festival in 2005.

Hailing from Ajdabiya, Libya, Bin Shatwan was the first Libyan shortlisted for the 2017 International Arabic Fiction Prize. Her literary repertoire includes four novels: “Waber Al Ahssina” (The Horses’ Hair), “Madmum Burtuqali” (Orange Content), “Zareeb Al-Abeed” (The Slave Yards), and “Roma Termini.” Besides these novels, Najwa Bin Shatwan has written various short stories, and plays, and contributed to anthologies. The Hay Festival’s Beirut 39 project in 2009 recognized her as a top Arab author under forty, showcasing her talent.

After earning her master’s degree in education, Bin Shatwan lectured at Garyounis University. She then completed her Ph.D. in humanities at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, focusing her research on Libya’s slave trade during the Ottoman era (1552-1911). Her academic expertise enriches her literary creations, infusing them with historical depth and context.

Bin Shatwan’s works, translated into various languages, have reached an international audience. Featured in numerous anthologies and literary magazines, her stories skillfully explore human complexities and societal issues. Her literary achievements, including awards and fellowships, underscore her impact on Arab literature. With her unique insights into Libyan society and history, she establishes herself as a vital voice in contemporary Arab literature.

Books Written by Najwa Bin Shatwan