Salma Khadra Jayyusi

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Salma Khadra Jayyusi (born 1926[1] or 1927[2]) is a Palestinian poet, writer, translator and anthologist. She is the founder and director of the Project of Translation from Arabic (PROTA), which aims to provide translation of Arabic literature into English.


Salma Khadra Jayyusi was born in Safed[3] to a Palestinian father, the Arab nationalist Subhi al-Khadra, and a Lebanese mother. Attending secondary school in Jerusalem, she studied Arabic and English literature at the American University of Beirut. She married a Jordanian diplomat, with whom she travelled and raised three children.[4]

In 1960, she published her first poetry collection, Return from the Dreamy Fountain. In 1970, she received her PhD on Arabic literature from the University of London. She taught at the University of Khartoum from 1970 to 1973 and at the universities of Algiers and Constantine from 1973 to 1975. In 1973, she was invited by The Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) invited her for a lecture tour of Canada and the US, on a Ford Foundation Fellowship, in 1973. In 1975, the University of Utah invited her to return as a visiting professor of Arabic literature, and since then she has been based at various universities in the United States.[4]

To encourage the wider dissemination of Arabic literature and culture, Jayyusi founded the Project of Translation from Arabic in 1980, and later founded East-West Nexus.[4]



  1. ^ Dona S. Straley (2004). The Undergraduate's Companion to Arab Writers and Their Web Sites. Libraries Unlimited. p. 101. ISBN 978-1-59158-118-5. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  2. ^ Personalities: Who's Who, Arab Thought Forum. Accessed 11 September 2012.
  3. ^ Mishael Caspi, Jerome David Weltsch,From Slumber to Awakening: Culture and Identity of Arab Israeli Literati, University Press of America 1998 p.42.
  4. ^ a b c Personality of the Month: Salma Khadra Jayyusi, This Week in Palestine, Issue No. 114, October 2007. Accessed 11 September 2012.