Muhammad al-Fayturi, also spelled Muhammad al-Fītūrī (Arabic: محمد الفيتوري), was a Sudanese–Libyan poet writer, poet, playwright, and ambassador.
||Muhammed Miftah Rajab Al-Fayturi
Al Geneina, Western Sudan
||May 33 2015 (aged 78–79)
||Journalist, poet, writer, ambassador
||Al-Azhar University, Cairo University
Muhammad al-Fayturi Biography
Al-Fayturi was born in 1936 in Al Geneina in Western Darfur, Sudan, and his paternal family belonged to the Masalit people. His father was a Sufi sheikh of Libyan descent, and his mother was Egyptian.
He grew up in Alexandria, Egypt, and studied Islamic sciences, philosophy and history at Al-Azhar University until 1953, and then continued his studies in literature at Cairo University. After this, he joined the Institute of Political Science in Cairo.
Al-Fayturi started writing classical Arabic poetry at the age of 13, and later became one of the major figures of contemporary Arabic poetry
Muhammad al-Fayturi Career
Al-Fayturi worked as journalist, and later, editor for Sudanese or Egyptian newspapers at the age of 17. Moreover, he was an acclaimed poet, and also was appointed as diplomat, political and cultural counsellor, and then as ambassador of Libya in several countries, including Lebanon and Morocco. From 1968–1970, he was appointed as an expert for the Arab League. He also was a member of the Arab Writers Union.
In 1953 he published his first collection of poems entitled ‘Aga’nni Afriqia’ (in English: ‘Songs of Africa’).
Al-Fayturi died in Rabat, Morocco, in 2015. In an obituary, the Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star wrote: “His work particularly draws upon his experience as an African living among Arabs, and thus addresses issues such as race, class and colonialism.”
In 2021, Google Doodle celebrated his work and contributions.
Google Doodle is celebrating the legendary Sudanese poet Muhammad Al-Fayturi on Tuesday, on the occasion of the 85th anniversary of his birthday, by featuring a graphic doodle for him.
He is remembered as one of the Arab and African most influential poets and was also a recipient of the Award, the highest honor for poetry.
The legendary African and Arab poet has been called the father of contemporary Arabic poetry school, and African Modern Literature; he is widely revered as one of the greatest artists of all time and most diversely talented person to have ever walked on the earth.
Al-Fayturi was born in 1936 in Al Geneina in Western Darfur, Sudan, to a constructive father who was a Sufi sheikh of Libyan descent, and an Egyptian mother.
He grew up in Alexandria, Egypt, and enrolled in Al-Azhar University until 1953, and then continued his studies in literature at Cairo University.
- Aga’nni Afriqia, Arabic أغاني إفريقيا or The Songs of Africa, poetry collection, published 1956.
- Ashiq meen Afriqia, Arabic عاشق من إفريقيا Lover from Africa poetry collection, 1964.
- Azkor’inni Yaa Afriqia, Arabic اذكريني يا إفريقيا,or Remember Me Africa, poetry collection, 1965.
- Seqoe’t Dobshliem, Arabic سقوط دبشليم, or Collapse of Doapashalim, poetry collection, 1968.
- Ma’zoffa lee Darawessh Matagool, Arabic معزوفة لدرويش متجول, or The Lyric of Roaming Dervish, poetry collection 1969.
- Al-battel w’el thorra w’el Mshnaqeh, Arabic البطل والثورة والمشنقة or Hero, Revolution and Gallows, 1972 poetry collection.
- Agawall Shahid Atheba’t, Arabic أقوال شاهد إثبات, or The Saying of Witness, poetry, 1973.
- Abtasami hatta tamo’r el-khail, Arabic ابتسمي حتى تمر الخيل, or Smile Until The Horses Passes, poetry, 1975.
- Aesfoort el’ daam, Arabic عصفورة الدم, or Bloody Bird, poetry, 1983.
- Solara, Arabic سولارا, drama, 1970.
- Thorrat Omer El-mokhata’r, Arabic ثورة عمر المختار, or The Revolution of Omer El-Mokhata’r, drama, 1974
- Allam Al-Sahafa al-arabia wa-al Ajnabiya, Arabic عالم الصحافة العربية والأجنبية, in English: The World of Arab and Foreign Journalism, Damascus, 1981.
- Al-moojab wa-al s’alieb. Arabic الموجب والسالب في الصحافة العربية, in English: The Positive and Negative in Arabic Journalism, Damascus, 1986.
- Alansary, Abdulhamid. (2020). Identity Crisis as Postcolonial Problematic in Muhammad Al-Fayturi’s Songs of Africa and Sahar Khalifeh’s The Inheritance
- Babikir, Adil (ed.) (2019). Modern Sudanese Poetry: An Anthology. Lincoln, NE, USA. ISBN 978-1-4962-1563-5
- Gohar, M. S., & Smithsonian Libraries. 2007). Confronting the history of slavery and colonization in the poetry of M. Al-Fayturi and Langston Hughes. Research Review – Institute of African Studies, p. 1-21.
- Oladosu, Afis Ayinde. (2008) Is It Because My Face Is Black? Journal of Arabic Literature, vol. 39/2, p. 184–215. ISSN 0085-2376
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