a poet, novelist and translator, earned his PhD in Arabic literature from Cairo University and taught in various universities in Egypt, the USA, Korea, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam. He published seven volumes of poetry including Trees Leaves (Pentland, Durham, 1998). A number of his works have been translated into Malay, English and Urdu. He is the author of a number of short story collections, including Tales from the Arabian Sahara (Minerva Press, London,1998). His novel The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad has been recently published in London (Minerva,1999).