Muhammad Farid Abu Hadid (1893-1968) known to be the first arab story writer, is a pioneer and one of the best writers the Arab world has ever known. Born in Damanhour, to the north of the Nile Delta, on July 1, 1893. He was brought up in a countryside setting, where his mother was a close relative of Sheikh Selim Al Bishri, once the Grand Sheikh of Al Azhar. In this environment, where deep religious faith, appreciation of literature, sense of humour and quick wit were happily blended, Abu Hadid first came in contact with the world of literature.
He married Mrs. Nefeesah Hanim and fathered eight children. His wife was
born on July 18, 1916. When Mohamed became very sick in 1965, he approached his wife and
Muhammad Farid Abu Hadid was a leading literary writer, novelist and educationalist. He
was a leading pioneer in the various new forms of literary writing that was emerging at
his time.He lived in a critical period in the history of Arabic literature in Egypt.
In 1914, Abu Hadid graduated in the teachers College. He was later involved in teaching positions in various parts of Egypt.
In 1937, he worked as a Censor for the press and Undersecretary of the National Library.
In 1945, he became the Dean of the Institute of Education.
In 1946, he was appointed among 12 members in FouadI's Academy of Arabic Language
In 1947, he was appointed Director of the Department o f Culture.
In 1950, he became Director of the Popular University.
In 1951, he was assigned a Director of the Department for the eradication of illiteracy.
In 1953, he reached the age of retirement, but the Ministry retained him as General Technical Advisor.
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Throughout his rich career extending for about forty-six years (1918-1965), he was a prolific writer of a high calibre.
The only story that was presented to the movie was " Abu El Fawaris Antar Ibn Shaddad". The television presented "Zahrat El Soor El A'Aly".
Short Stories : The Miracle
Critical and Social Novels
Stories for Children
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