was born in Syria in 1959. He has a BA in History (Damascus University,1986).

He published three collections of poetry 1986-2001, and since 2002 four novels. He is cultural editor for the Syrian newspaper Teshreen, and a correspondent for the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar and Radio Monte Carlo.

He lives in Damascus.

In 2009 his book Warraq al-Hubb won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature. The English-language version, Writing Love, translated by Alexa Firat, is published by AUC Press in 2012.

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