Thuraya Qabil

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Thuraya Muhammad Qabil (sometimes spelt as 'Gabel') (born 1943) is a Saudi Arabian poet and journalist. Qabil was born in Jeddah, and has a high school diploma.

With the issuance of The Weeping Rhythms in 1963, she became the first Saudi woman in the Hijaz to publish a poetry collection; [1] she is one of a number of women from the region, including Fatna Shakir, Abdiya Khayyat, and Huda Dabbagh, to become prominent in Saudi letters during the 1950s and 1960s. [2] The collection was a success, and many of its poems became the basis for popular songs, but it remained her only book of verse. [3]

Qabil has been active as a journalist, serving as chief editor of Zina magazine from 1986 until 1987 and working as an editor for the newspapers al-Bilad and 'Ukaz as well. [1]

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