Google celebrates late Saudi writer with a Doodle

Abdul Rahman Munif
(Photo: Google)
AMMAN — Google celebrated late Saudi Novelist Abdul Rahman Munif with a Google Doodle on what would have been his 90th birthday. اضافة اعلان

The doodle was seen in many countries in the region, including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iraq, Libya, Jordan, and Morocco.

Born in 1933 in Amman to Saudi parents, he moved to Baghdad to study law and was later based in Cairo, earning a doctorate in petroleum economics at the University of Belgrade in 1961.

He had a career in the oil industry as an economist before he began his writing journey. He began to write in the 1970s after he left his job in Iraq and moved to Damascus.

With 15 novels to his name and nine non-fiction books, the late writer who died in Damascus in 2004 at the age of 70 is considered a powerhouse of literary creativity in the region.

He continues to be well-known in the Arab world and internationally as a towering intellectual who wrote about the transformation of this region from the pre-oil into the modern era through his five-part literary series Mudun Al-Milh (Cities of Salt) which he started to write in 1984 and completed in 1989.

Connection with Jordan
His connection with Jordan was the book he wrote about Amman published in Arabic in 1994 about his early childhood in the Kingdom.

In 1998, the book was translated into English under the title of Story of a "City: A Childhood in Amman."

His writing, which closely related to his background focused on many social development issues and the shift in the region after the oil boom.

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