Arif Khudairi

Arif Khudairi

A prolific and bilingual writer in English and Arabic, Dr Arif Karkhi Abukhudairi has published 47 books including essays, collections of short stories, folk tales, poems and translations. His fourteen volumes of poetry include Trees Leaves (Pentland, 1998), Rubaiyat of Arif Khudairi (al-Hadarah al-Arabia, 2004) and Abode of Peace (DBP, 2008). His short stories collection, Tales From the Arabian Sahara: The Trip and Other Stories, was released in 1998 by Minerva Press, London and his novella, The Eighth Voyage of Sinbad, came out in 1999 at the same press. In 2010, this book was translated into Arabic and published in Cairo (General Egyptian Book Organization). His work has appeared in publications in Egypt, Malaysia, Oman, Yemen, India, Pakistan, UK, Canada, Indonesia, Brunei, Colombia and USA. Some of his poems have been anthologized in Theatre of the Mind, Under the Canopy and Other Poems, in 1999 and elsewhere. He is a guest poet in several international poetry festivals including Brunei international poetry reading (1994) and the XX International Poetry festival in Medellin, Colombia (2010).

He is the founder and editor of The Journal of Arabic Studies, as well as president of the Poetry Society, University of Brunei Darussalam. He was named Poet of the Month by three American journals in 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2005 and received several Poetry Awards. He has translated seven books of poems from Korean, Malay, Persian, and English into Arabic. His work has been translated into Arabic, English, Spanish, Malay, Bahasa Indonesia and Urdu. In 1995, 2005 and 2010, he was listed in Who’s Who in Translation and TerminologyThe International Who’s Who in Poetry, and Antologia  Poesia  Universal, respectively.

Arif holds a Ph.D. in Arabic literature from Cairo University and has held teaching posts at several universities, including the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Hankuk University for Foreign Studies, Seoul, and the National University of Malaysia. He is an associate professor at the Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University, Brunei Darussalam where he teaches research methodology, theories of translation and comparative literature and was formerly the Dean of Faculty of Arabic Language and Islamic Civilization at Sultan Sharif Ali Islamic University of Brunei Darussalam. He is also a member of the Academy of Modern Arabic Literature, and the Egyptian Writers Association in Cairo, Egypt.

Love Poems of Arif Khudairi was published in October 2011.

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