12 January 1985
Mohamed Abdullah Abdelbari (Arabic: محمد عبدالباري; born January 12, 1985) is a Sudanese poet and writer. His poems are inspired from several sources including Sufism and Islamic philosophy. He has won multiple poetry awards and honors across the Arab world such as The African Arab Youth Award (2016) and Sharjah Award for Arab Creativity (2013).
He was born on January 12, 1985 in Al-Manaqil city, Al-Jazirah State in Sudan. During his early life, his family moved to Saudi Arabia and he settled in Riyadh where he grew up and completed his early education in Al-Jaradiyah neighborhood, one of the oldest and most densely populated neighborhoods located in the heart of the capital.
Mohamed Abdelbari completed his education from primary school to the undergraduate in Riyadh. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Arabic Language and Literature, he moved to Jordan, where he received a master’s degree from the University of Jordan at Amman city. He defended a thesis that dealt with the case of poetry in the heritage of Islamic philosophers as well as the logicians, theologians and scholars of rhetoric.
Mohamed Abdelbari was early recognized for his poetry. While he was an undergraduate student in his early twenties, his poems were included in a poetry collection titled “The Modern Saudi Literature” that is a core syllabus in many Saudi universities. Since then, Abdelbari’s poetry has received a warm reception both academically and publicly. His public poetry evenings and cultural and media appearances were spread throughout the Arab world and the Middle East and his poetry has been subject to a series of critical and academic reviews through articles, studies, and Master’s and Doctoral theses defended in several universities in countries such as Sudan, Palestine, Libya, Algeria, and Saudi Arabia. Some of Abdelbari’s poems became part of the public education curricula in a number of Arab countries. His influence has also exceeded the borders of the Arab world to neighboring regions. Countries such as Turkey, China, and Senegal have had interacted in various forms with his poems.
Mohamed Abdelbari has so far released three collections of poems. These collections are:
- The First Fire Elegy (in Arabic: مرثية النار الأولى).
- As If You’ve Never (in Arabic: كأنك لم).
- The Crescents (in Arabic: الأهلة).
Awards and Recognition
Mohamed Abdelbari has won several important awards in the field of Arabic poetry, notably:
- Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal International Award for Arabic Poetry (2019)
- Arabic Poetry Festival (2016)
- The African Arab Youth Award (2016) at the second session in the field of poetry, which is an award cosponsored by the African Union and the League of Arab States.
- The Snoussi Poetry Award from Saudi Arabia (2016) at the fourth session.
- Sharjah Award for Arab Creativity in the United Arab Emirates (2013) at the sixteenth session.