Ali El-Maak

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Ali El-Maak
Birth name Ali Muhammed Ali El-Maak
Born 13 February 1937
Origin Omdurman, Sudan
Died October 1992
United States
Occupation(s) Professor in Translation
Years active late 1950s–1992

Ali El-Maak (Arabic: علي المك‎, full name Ali Muhammad Ali El-Maak (13 February 1937-October 1992) is a Sudanese writer known for his short stories.

Early life

Ali was born in Omdurman, Sudan. When he was less than six years old he started his primary education in Kottab Wad El-mostaffa, but because his father moved about as a judge he moved to Arggo in the Northern State, then moved again to El-Fasher in Darfur state (now called North Darfur). When he finished third class the school administration advised that he join the El-woostta, or intermediate school, because of his high marks (at that time in Sudan primary school lasted for four years), but Ali's mother refused, preferring that he finish fourth class. Ali finished the fourth class in the El-Salemeaa primary school when his father transferred again to Meroë (Merowe) in the Northern State, a place which he later wrote much about.

His interest in writing started in El-ammerria intermediate school in 1947. He was also inspired by his father's library, which contained many books of Sharia Law and its interpretation. Ali made his first attempt at writing in Meroë during the summer holiday, where he edited a fortnightly magazine, writing under the pen name Gesimtty Keeda (This Kismet). His interest in music began even earlier when listening to Mohamed Ahmed Sarror, Karoma and Abdallah El-Mahhi. He joined the Wadi Sidenna secondary school in 1951.


Ali joined Khartoum University in 1955, graduating from the Faculty of Art with a Bachelor of Arts with honours degree in 1961. He then moved to the United States earning a Master's degree in Public Administration in 1966 from the University of Southern California. Ali returned to Sudan and worked in the Human Resource Department in the Ministry of the Treasury (1961–1970) (Ali worked here since graduating in 1961 and then went to US to study by the government until his return in 1966), also worked as a chief in State Institution for the Cinema (1970–1971), then he worked as a lecturer in Intuition of Public Administration in Khartoum (1972–1973), and then chief and chief-editor in Housing Publishing in Khartoum University (1973–1983). Ali worked as expert and as a professor at Translation and Arabization Unit in Khartoum University (1983–1992). Ali was awarded a scholarship from American Fulbright Institution in 1988, Ali research which auspiced by University of New Mexico focuses on of translated of some Indian American myths to Arabic. Ali works as supervisor with more than 20 postgraduate students in translation (Master and Ph.D.). Ali contributed in many congresses, seminars and festivals around the world including The International Congress of Poetry in Astroja in former Yugoslavia in 1971, The Seventh International Festival of Cinema in Moscow in 1971, The festival of Saudi Arabian Writers in Riyadh in 1983, and The Seminar of International Book in Cambridge University in 1990. His contributed in many unions and councils as example the member of National Council of Art Auspice in 1974 and as same time the chairman of short stories and cinema and novel Committee, The chairman of Sudanese Music (one of the UNESCO branches) (1974–1985), the member of Council of lecturers of University of Khartoum (the highest academic institution in the university) (1983–1992), member of council Arab League Institution for translation in Algeria, the chief editor of Magallat Ala-Addab magazine, and the Chairman of Sudanese Writers Union from 1986 until his death. Finally, he was a member of Council of Art Faculty and member of Research Council of Art Faculty, and member of Central Researches of University of Khartoum.



  • Documentary website about pioneer Sudanese
  • Housing for Publishing of Khartoum University.
  • The publishing by Art faculty (Khartoum University).

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