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Tribute to Radwa Ashour

by Marcia Lynx Qualey

Receiving the Oasis Prize, 2011

 

With her son, the poet and political scientist Tamim Barghouti, and her husband Mourid Barghouti. Posted on Facebook by Mourid Barghouti.

 

At the launch of The Woman from Tantoura, 2010

Radwa Ashour was not just a writer. Like the powerful female
characters in her books, she was many people: teacher, activist,
author, mother, and translator. Through all these roles, she touched
hundreds of thousands of lives. Yet Radwa was not a populist. She
was not a chameleon author who changed with the times or with
bookselling trends. When matters were important, Radwa was singular,
determined, and immovable. Her commitment to human and humane
justice stood as a lodestar to her students, readers, and fellow activists,
and, in all these guises, she was intent on doing her job well even
within flawed systems. She reminded us to be better, to know better.

 

Radwa Ashour amongst her family and friends

 

Radwa Ashour and her husband Mourid Barghouti. Posted on Facebook by Mourid Barghouti.

 

At Café Riche, Cairo, with Professor Ferial Ghazoul, Professor Hartmut Fähndrich, and British novelist Marina Warner, 2009

 

A book discussion in a high school in Spain after the release of Granada, 2000

 

With novelist Ahdaf Soueif

 

Signing Heavier than Radwa, 2013

 

With her husband Mourid Barghouti and Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laabi

 

At her home in el-Manial, Cairo, carrying her son Tamim Barghouti

 

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