Najiya  Thamir


Najiya Thamir,
(Bint al -Waha) (1926- 1988), ( ناجية ثامر) Tunisian short-story writer born in Damascus to a father of Turkish origin. She received her primary education in Ba'labakk, Lebanon, and her secondary and university education in Damascus. She settled in Tunis after her marriage and worked in Tunisian radio as a producer of literary and social programs. She wrote essays, short stories, radio plays, and novels.

She was a member of the Story Club, the Tunisian Writers' Union, and the New Pen Association. Her non-fiction works include a collection of articles, al-Mar'a wa-l-hayah (Women and Life, 1956), and Asma' Bint Asad ibn a/-Furat (Asma' Bint Asad ibn al-Furat, 1978). She was also known as Bint al-Waha.

(From Arab Women Writers A Critical reference Guide by Radwa Ashour & Feryal Ghazoul)

Publications: (Arabic)

  • 'Adalat a/-sama' (Heaven's Justice, short stories). Tunis: Dar al-Kutub alSharqiya, 1956.
  • Aradna al-hayah (We Wanted Life, short stories). Tunis: Dar al-Kutub alSharqiya, 1956.
  • Samarwa 'ibar (Conversation and Lessons, short stories). Tunis: Dar al-Kutub al-Sharqiya, 1972.
  • Hikayat jaddoti (My Grandmother's Tales, children's literature). Tunis: Tunisian Distribution Company, 1973.
  • al-Taja'id (Wrinkles, short stories). Tunis: al-Dar al-'Arabiya Books, 1978.

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