Sahar Khalifeh

Sahar Khalifeh

“Sahar Khalifeh, born in Nablus in 1941, is a leading Palestinian novelist with significant literary influence. After a thirteen-year traditional marriage, Khalifeh started her literary journey, freed from frustration. She pursued her passion, earning a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies and American Women’s Literature from the University of Iowa.

Known for transparency, depth, and simplicity, Khalifeh’s writing brings characters and settings to life. She has penned eleven novels, starting with her debut “We Are No Longer Your Concubines” (1974). Her second novel, “The Cactus” (1976), gained international recognition, translated into multiple languages.

Sahar Khalifeh: Literary Trailblazer, Political Voice, and Women’s Rights Advocate

Honored with awards, including the Alberto Moravia Prize and the Cervantes Prize, Khalifeh declined the Simone de Beauvoir Prize in 2009. Her novels express the inseparable link between women’s awareness and political consciousness. Celebrated by lecturers globally, her novels showcase a sensitive and transparent narrative style. Her educational journey started in Nablus, and she holds degrees from Birzeit University and the University of North Carolina.

Advocating Women’s Rights Through Literature and Activism

In 1988, Khalifeh founded the Women’s Affairs Center in Nablus, actively involved in publications and educational programs. She managed the Women’s Affairs Center in Gaza from 1991 to 1994. In 1982, she adapted her first novel into a radio and television series.

Renowned writer Nabih Al-Qasim praised Khalifeh alongside other creative Palestinian women. Her work is a testament to the link between women’s liberation and the broader political struggle, making her a significant figure in literature and women’s rights.”

Books Written by Sahar Khalifeh