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Ibrahim Muhawi is a Palestinian social scientist, linguistician and literary translator born in Ramallah in 1937.
In 1959 he moved to San Franciasco where he gained a degree in electrical engineering at Heald Engineering College. He also obtained a BA in English from California State University at Hayward , and an MA and a PhD in the same subject from the University of California, Davis.
Muhawi taught in different universities including the University of Jordan in Amman and Birzeit University. He is Courtesy Professor in the Comparative Literature Program at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
He translated Mahmoud Darwish’s Memory for Forgetfulness. He is also co-author and translator of Speak Bird, Speak Again: Palestinian Arab Folktales, and translator and introducer of Breaking Knees, short stories by Zakaria Tamer (Garnet Publishing, 2008).