Salma Khadra Jayyusi

Salma Khadra Jayyusi - Palestine

Cultural Excellence - 2010

Poet, critic, literary and cultural historian, anthologist, and founder and director of East-West Nexus/PROTA, the Project for the dissemination of Arabic literature and Arab/Islamic culture and history, Mrs. Salma Khadra Jayyusi was born in East Jordan to a Palestinian father and a Lebanese mother.

She grew up in Palestine in a cultivated home, surrounded by books on Arabic and Western culture, and listened endlessly to stories of Arab history and to the legends of courage, love, and charity in both Arabic and Western cultures which her mother chose to relate to her children.

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