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Hassan Al-Karmy

Hassan Al-Karmy

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Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1905
  • Age: 118
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Hassan Saeed Ali Mansour al-Karmi (whose nickname was Abu Ziyad) (1905 - May 5, 2007 AD), a Palestinian linguist, writer and media figure, was born in the Palestinian city of Tulkarm. He is the author of a group of linguistic and literary works, and one of the most famous BBC Radio broadcasters, and the owner of the program « Saying on saying.

his personal life
Hassan Saeed Ali Mansour al-Karmi was born in the Palestinian city of Tulkarm at the end of June / beginning of July 1905 AD.

His father is the scholar and minister Saeed al-Karmi, and his brothers are: the poet Abd al-Karim al-Karmi (Abu Salma), the politician Abd al-Ghani al-Karmi, the writer Ahmed Shaker al-Karmi, and the writer Mahmoud al-Karmi. As for his grandfather, Sheikh Ali bin Mansour Al-Karmi.

Hassan Al-Karmi married a Syrian woman named Amina, and he had a son, Ziad Al-Karmi, and two daughters, Siham Al-Karmi and Ghada Karmi.

study it
He received his primary and preparatory education in the schools of his city, Tulkarem, and he received his secondary education in Maktab Amber in Damascus, then he joined the English College in Jerusalem in 1925 AD.

his career
Teaching work
Hassan Al-Karmi worked as a teacher of English and mathematics in a number of schools, then in 1934 he worked as a teacher at the Arab College in Jerusalem, after that he joined the University of London, where he specialized in the fundamentals of education and educational statistics, during the period 1937-1938, and after his return to Palestine he moved to the administration Palestinian acquaintances with the rank of assistant inspector.

His work on BBC radio
After the end of the British Mandate over Palestine in 1948, Al-Karmi joined the Arabic department of BBC Radio in London. He worked on the radio as a language monitor, and prepared a series of English lessons on the radio.

He also prepared and presented his program “Say upon Say”, which he continued to present for 33 consecutive years. The materials of this program were published in more than thirteen volumes, and the idea of the program was based on poetic culture, in which Al-Karmi reviews the verses of poetry, its authors, the occasions in which it was said, and so on. The program enjoyed great follow-up all over the world, and questions came to Al-Karmi from Arab and non-Arab countries.

His relations with the Arab leaders
Al-Karmi maintained strong friendships with Arab leaders, including the Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, the King of Saudi Arabia Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the President of the Arab Emirates Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba, the King of Libya Idris Al-Senussi, and the Iraqi President Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr, and King Mohammed V of Morocco.

On a visit to Al-Karmi to Libya, he met King Al-Senussi, and asked him to answer about a verse of poetry, as Sheikh Zayed disagreed with his minister about a verse of poetry, so he wrote to Hassan Al-Karmi to separate them.

Al-Karmi visited Sudan and met with President Ismail Al-Azhari, and also visited Ghana and met with President Kwame Nkrumah.

Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser was listening to the program and was constantly amazed by the issuance of the program from a foreign radio station instead of an Arab one. Abdel Nasser commissioned the Egyptian Minister of Culture to try to issue the program from Egypt, but that was not done.

His writings
His linguistic and literary writings
Al-Manar Dictionary (English / Arabic) in 1970.
The series of “Al-Mughni Dictionaries” is bilingual (English/Arabic) and (Arabic/English): “Al-Mughni Al-Kabir”, “Al-Waseet” and “Al-Wajeez”.
An Arabic dictionary called “Al-Hadi to the Language of the Arabs.”
The class of jurists.
Volumes «say on say».
Hassan Al-Karmi's memoirs.
In addition to translating many books into English, including Al-Bakhla’ by Al-Jahiz, he has articles and books on education, on reforming the Arabic lexicon in both English and Arabic, and others.

“Straight Thinking and Crooked Thinking,” authored by: Robert Thawles, World of Knowledge Series, State of Kuwait, 1979.
“The Arabs and Muslims in Andalusia,” author: Henry Charles Lee, 1988.
The Exodus of the Arabs from Spain.


Achievements and Awards

In 1969, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain decorated him with the highest British honor, the Order of the British Empire (MBE), in appreciation of his contributions to the BBC, and the ceremony of awarding and imitating him took place at Buckingham Palace in the capital, London.
In 1990, PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat awarded him the Jerusalem Medal for Culture, Literature and Arts.
In 1983, he was awarded the title of honorary member of the Jordanian Academy of the Arabic Language.
In 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Arab Translators Association.
his death
Hassan Al-Karmi passed away on Saturday evening, May 5, 2007 in the capital, Amman.



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