Hadiya Hussein is an Iraqi writer from Baghdad. Her first book of short stories entitled I Apologize on your Behalf was published in 1993. Another collection appeared in 1998. 

In 2000, she left Iraq and moved to the Jordanian capital, Amman. In 2001, her first novel (Bint al-Khan) The Girl of the Lodging House (2001) appeared. Four other novels and three collections of short stories by her followed over the next few years.

In 2010, together with her husband Iraqi writer Abdul Sattar Nasser she emigrated to Canada.

Her sixth novel Beyond Love, translated by Ikram Masmoudi from the Arabic Ma Ba’d al-Hub (2004), was published by Syracuse University Press in 2012. Reviewed in Banipal 45 (Winter 2012).

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Banipal 18 - Autumn 2003