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Ahmed Abdel Salam El-Bakkali

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Ahmed Abdel Salam El-Bakkali
July 30, 2010(2010-07-30) (aged 77–78)July 30, 2010(2010-07-30) (aged 77–78)
🏳️ Nationality
🎓 Alma materUniversity of Cairo
💼 Occupation
poet, writer

Ahmed Abdel Salam El-Bakkali (1932-July 30, 2010) was born in the city of "Asilah" (اصيلا) in northern Morocco. He is a Moroccan poet and writer who is one of the most famous children's writers and is considered one of the pioneers of fiction and police stories in his country. He won the Morocco Prize for Fiction in 1952 and 1955.


Ahmed Abdel Salam El Bakkali comes from one of the ancient families in northern Morocco. Al-Bakkali, like other of his contemporaries, went to Egypt to enter a secondary school and obtain the certificate that entitles him to enter higher education in 1955. He joined Cairo University, from which he obtained a (Licence) الليسانسin Sociology in 1959. Then he joined Columbia University in New York, from which he obtained a master's degree in sociology. El-Bakkali worked in the fields of diplomacy and culture in 1962. He was appointed a cultural attaché at the Moroccan embassy in Washington. In 1965, he was named consul general and press advisor at the Moroccan embassy in London. In 1967, he returned to Washington as a cultural advisor. In 1971, he joined the Royal Court in Rabat and was a member of the committees for selecting theatrical and lyrical scripts on Moroccan radio, and a member of the editorial board of the Moroccan Culture Magazine, issued by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs in Rabat. El-Bakkali began writing poetry at a young age and won the Morocco Prize for Fiction in 1952 and 1955. He also won the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science Prize for Children's Literature.


Ahmed Abdel Salam Al-Baqali wrote a large number of titles on various topics: science fiction, daring adventures, and detective story. He also wrote fiction, story, and poetry. Among his books are:

Stories collection[edit]

Stories from Morocco, which are his first collection of short stories, which he released while he was studying in Cairo.

  1. Daybreak, (alfajr).
  2. The hand of love, ( yd almahaba).
  3. Mummy, (almawmia' ) .


He issued the following titles:

  1. Flood blue, (altuwfan al'azraq).
  2. Revolutionary violence, (aleunf althuwriu).
  3.   I will cry the day you return, ( sa'ubki yawm tarjaein).
  4. Amanda and then death, (amanda wabaedaha almawt).

Children's book[edit]

Ahmed Abdel Salam Al-Baqali published 23 titles distributed into the following four series:

The first series: It consists of ten books, including Pioneers of the Unknown, The Secret Entrance to the Cave of the Pigeons, The Golden Chain, Little Nadia in the Mouth of the Monster, Hero Unknowingly, Saber the Cunning Buster, Ziyad, and the Sea Thieves . In these stories, Al-Baqali employed the environment Moroccan, as most of them take place in the cities of Asilah and Rabat in addition to the Moroccan countryside (the countryside of the city of Asila), and use components of Moroccan popular culture from local words and expressions, beliefs and popular myths (the myth of Aisha Qandisha)

Series Two: It consists of six books

The third series: Consists of five books

Fourth series: It consists of two books.


Al-Baqali wrote four plays:

  1. Moulay Idris (mwlay 'iidris).
  2.  camp-fire(nar almukhayam).
  3. The march will not stop (ln taqif almasira).
  4. Khalkhali death (masrae alkhlkhali). [1]

He also wrote several plays for radio and television, some of which were turned into films or television series, including The Black Dancer, Aziza ...

In translation: Ahmed Abdel Salam Al-Baqali Arabized the novel The Eaters of the Dead from the English language by the American writer and filmmaker Michael Crichton. It was first published in 1976 under the title The Adventures of an Arab Ambassador in Scandinavia a thousand years ago, and this novel has been turned into more than a movie. . This narration is based on a real historical fact that, at the end of the third century AH / 921 CE, the Abbasid Caliph Al-Muqtadir Billah sent an Arab scholar named Ahmed bin Fadlan to the King of Saqqalbah (Bulgar Volga), based on the latter's request to teach them the Islamic faith and methods of civilization such as establishing schools and hospitals. The Vikings kidnapped this ambassador and took him with them to Scandinavia, and he remained there until 942 AD so that he could flee and return to Baghdad, and submit his report to the caliph. Parts of that report were investigated by Sami Al-Dahan, while other parts were lost. What was achieved was published by the Arabic Language Academy in Damascus in 1959. The author relied on what was translated from the manuscript into the Scandinavian language.


Ahmed Abdel Salam El-Bakkali published his first poem when he was less than 15 years old, in Anis magazine published in "Tetouan". He has published a collection of poetry under the title "Our Green Days" (ayamna alkhadra), which contain both vertical and free verse poems.[2]


  1. "أحمد عبد السلام البقالي". uemnet.free.fr. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. "الأديب أحمد عبد السلام البقالي في ذمة الله - آكاديمية القصة القصيرة جدا". web.archive.org. 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2021-03-07.

Others articles of the Topics Children's literature AND Poetry : Marijn Backer

Others articles of the Topic Morocco : Ahmed Ziad, Esav Marrakech, 2005–06 Moroccan Throne Cup, Adratiklit, Vue sur la baie de Tanger, 2004–05 Moroccan Throne Cup, Hajar Graigaa

Others articles of the Topic Children's literature : Foul Football, Horribly Famous, Tucket's Gold, Witch & Wizard: The Fire, The House That Had Enough, Totally (book series), Greg R. Fishbone

Others articles of the Topic Poetry : I Wrote This For You, Thi'sl, Robert Floris van Eyck, Jasimuddin, Sagar Pradhan, Marijn Backer, Abdul Baqi Al-Omari

Category:Moroccan writers Category:Arabic-language writers Category:Moroccan novelists Category:Moroccan poets Category:1932 births Category:2010 deaths

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