Thuraya Qabil

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Thuraya Muhammad Qabil (sometimes Gabel) (born 1943) is a Saudi Arabian poet and journalist.

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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 as well, 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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  1. 1 2 Radwa Ashour; Ferial Ghazoul; Hasna Reda-Mekdashi (1 November 2008). Arab Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide, 1873-1999. American University in Cairo Press. pp. 459–. ISBN   978-977-416-267-1.
  2. Sebastian Maisel. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab States Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Arab States. Greenwood Press. pp. 267–. ISBN   978-0-313-34442-8.
  3. Hend T. Al-Sudairy (11 May 2017). Modern Woman in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Rights, Challenges and Achievements. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 60–. ISBN   978-1-4438-9328-2.