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Tamim Al Barghouti (The Kennedy Center)

Tamim Al Barghouti

Tamim Al-Barghouti is known for the capacity of his poetry to draw the attention of thousands from various age groups. The reception of his poetry among such a diverse audience is a testimony to the vitality of the centuries-old tradition of classical Arabic poetry. Al-Barghouti was born in 1977 to Palestinian poet Mourid Al-Barghouti and Egyptian novelist Radwa Ashour. That year, the Egyptian government had embarked on a peace process with Israel and expelled most Palestinians of prominence, including Al-Barghouti’s father. Since childhood, Al-Barghouti has been immersed in the political realities of the Arab world, the way they affect the most personal aspects of an individual’s life, as well as in the literary means to express them.