Qassim Haddad

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Qassim Haddad (born 1948) is a Bahraini poet, particularly notable within the Arab world for his free verse poetry.[1] His poems have been translated in several languages including German, English and French.[2]


Qassim Haddad was born in Bahrain in 1948 and did not complete his secondary education, having educated himself over the years.[2] Haddad first rose to prominence with his poetry that contained revolutionary and political themes such as freedom. He published his first poetic collection titled Good Omen in 1970 and has since published more than 16 books, including Majnun Laila, a book of poetry and paintings, and a book of poetry in collaboration with Saudi photographer Saleh al-Azzaz.[2] In 2007, Haddad created controversy when he reworked the Arabic classic Layla and Majnun, with Marcel Khalife which fundamentalists believed undermined Islamic morals.[3]

Haddad is also the co-founder and chairman of the Bahraini Writers' Union.[2]

Personal life

Haddad's son Mohammed Haddad (born 1975) is a leading composer in Bahrain.


  1. ^ Torstrick, Rebecca (2009). Culture and customs of the Arab Gulf States. ABC-CLIO. p. 44. ISBN 9780313336591. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Qassim Haddad profile". Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Pen Atlas Archived July 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • Official website

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