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Abdelkrim Ghallab

Abdelkrim Ghallab (December 31, 1919 – August 14, 2017) was a Moroccan political journalist, cultural commentator, and novelist. He was born in Fes, Morocco. He was an important figure both in the literary and political field. He studied both at the University of Al-Karaouine in Fez and at the University of Cairo.

Ghallab was the author of five novels and three collections of short stories. His best known novel is Dafann al-m'd (The buried Past), 1966. According to Simon Gikandi his Arabic style is known for its "graceful and at times scholarly classicism".[1]

In 2000, the Union of Arab writers in Egypt included his novel Al-Mu`alîm `Ali (Master Alí) among the hundred best Arabic novels in history. In 2001, the Moroccan department of Culture published the complete works of Ghallab in five volumes. In 2004 he was awarded the Maghreb Culture prize of Tunis. His work has been translated in many languages.[2]

Ghallab died in El Jadida on August 14, 2017, aged 97.[3]


  1. Simon Gikandi, Encyclopedia of African literature, p. 283
  2. Salim Jay, Dictionnaire des écrivains marocains, Casablanca: Eddif, 2005, p. 191
  3. "Le journaliste et écrivain marocain Abdelkrim Ghallab est décédé" In:, Retrieved 14 August 2017]