Taher Al Zahrani

Taher Ahmed Al-Zahrani, born in Jeddah in 1978, is a prominent Saudi novelist and short story writer who has significantly contributed to Arabic literature. He published works and served as a judge in the “Iqra” competition in 2014 and 2015. Al-Zahrani pursued his academic journey at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, studying at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Apart from his literary achievements, Al-Zahrani actively engages in journalism, contributing independently to various publications and working at the Media Center of Jeddah Municipality. His diverse literary portfolio, comprising novels and short story collections, has garnered attention both domestically and internationally.

Notably, his 2007 novel “Jangi,” published by Riyad El-Rayyes Books and later translated into English in 2009 by Arab Scientific Publishers, is a significant contribution to contemporary Saudi literature. It reflects the nuanced socio-cultural landscape of the region.

Another noteworthy work is the 2010 novel “Toward the South,” published by Taw Publishing and Media, which was adapted into a feature film in 2017, showcasing the breadth of his storytelling abilities. This film adaptation indicates the impact and relevance of his narratives in the broader cultural context.

“The Box,” a collection of short stories published in 2010 by Al-Baha Literary Club, displays his skill in crafting compelling short narratives. In 2013, Riyad El-Rayyes Books published his novel “Children of the Path,” further establishing his presence in the Arab literary scene.

In 2014, Arab Scientific Publishers released his novel “The Mechanic,” followed by the short story collection “Loss” in 2015, published by Makkah Literary Club in collaboration with Dar Al-Intishar Al-Arabi. His recent works, including the novels “El Fayoumi” (2017) by Dar Difaf Publications, “Eve,” “The Bloody Conflict,” and “The World of Mansour,” along with the short story collection “Hazza,” showcase his continued literary prowess.

Taher Ahmed Al-Zahrani, a dynamic voice in modern Saudi literature, explores a range of themes and narratives through his diverse body of work. His novels and short stories not only tell compelling tales but also reflect the complexities and transformations of Saudi society.

Books Written by Taher Al Zahrani