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Saeed bin Ali Al Karmi

Saeed bin Ali Al Karmi

Sector : Science, Scientists

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1852
  • Age: 170
  • Curriculum vitae :


Said Ali Mansour al-Karmi (born in 1852 in Tulkarm - died on March 10, 1935 in Tulkarm), a Palestinian politician and scholar, one of the pioneers of the contemporary Arab renaissance, and one of the pioneers of the Arab national movement, he was a jurist in religion and language, a poet and a writer and fluent in public speaking. The Ministry of Justice and Endowments in the governments of the Emirate of Transjordan, and he was one of the eight founders of the Arab Scientific Academy in Damascus in 1919. He was sentenced to death during the reign of Jamal Pasha, then was changed to life imprisonment.


His upbringing and life

Saeed Ali Mansour Al-Karmi was born in the city of Tulkarm in the West Bank in 1852. He received his education in the schools of his city of Tulkarm, and then joined the Al-Azhar University in Egypt, where he obtained the international certificate, which is the highest scientific degree, and graduated as a scholar in the Arabic language and the Islamic religion.


After that, Al-Karmi returned to Tulkarm, joined the education corps, then was appointed inspector of knowledge in Tulkarm, then became the Mufti of Tulkarm, and became one of the most prominent sheikhs of knowledge in Palestine. In Tulkarm, he established an association for the Ottoman Decentralization Party and assumed its leadership in his city and all of Palestine, which prompted the Ottoman authorities to arrest him and transfer him to the Damascus Citadel prison, and in 1916 sentenced him to death. Life imprisonment, of which he spent two years and nine months in prison; He was released in February 1918 following the defeat of the Turks and their withdrawal from the region, and immediately after that, Al-Karmi returned to Tulkarm.


When the Arab Kingdom of Syria was formed in October 1918, Al-Karmi was invited to Damascus, and there he participated in the founding of the Arab Scientific Academy in 1919, and was appointed Vice-President of the Academy. Until his retirement from the complex and his return to the city of Tulkarm in 1922.


After his return from Damascus to Tulkarm, the Arab government in the Emirate of Transjordan invited him to participate in it. Saeed al-Karmi participated with Ahmad Hilmi Abd al-Baqi, both of whom were from Tulkarm, in a number of these governments, so Saeed al-Karmi became Minister of Endowments, Justice and Judiciary in each of the first government of Ali Rida al-Rikabi. in 1922, the second government of Mazhar Raslan in 1923, the first government of Hassan Khaled Abu al-Huda in the same year, and the second government of Ali Reza al-Rikabi from 1924 until 1926; He retired from government positions and returned to his city of Tulkarm in 1926, where he remained until his death in 1935.


Al-Karmi founded the Jordanian Academy of the Arabic Language on July 17, 1923, and was elected president of the complex, in conjunction with his participation in the second Mazhar Raslan government. He also participated in founding the Palestinian National Defense Party in December 1934, and before that he participated in the First Palestinian Conference in February 1919, and the General Syrian Conference in June 1919.


his personal life

His father is Sheikh Ali bin Mansour Al Karmi. Saeed Al-Karmi is married and has a number of children, including: the linguist Hassan Al-Karmi, the politician Abdul-Ghani Al-Karmi, the poet Abdul-Karim Al-Karmi, the writer Ahmed Shaker Al-Karmi, and the writer Mahmoud Al-Karmi.


His writings

Despite his preoccupation with politics and government positions, he published several books, the most important of which are:


The book “The Clear Proof in Refutation of the People of Falsehood” in 1875.

The book "Information with the Meaning of the Flags", 1921.

his death

Saeed Al-Karmi died in his city of Tulkarm on March 10, 1935, at the age of 83, and was buried in the city.


perpetuate him

In honor of Saeed Al Karmi and his contributions, a street in the Jordanian capital, Amman, was named after him.

Achievements and Awards


Saeed Al Karmi was awarded with a number of honors, most notably:


The Ottoman Majidi Nishan.

The French Legion of Honor, rank of Knight, from the French Mandatory Authority in Syria, in appreciation of him and his efforts in the Arab Scientific Academy. And scholars, and from the French text for awarding the medal: “A happy Karmic person is worthy of our respect and consideration, so the government of the French Republic called for it to emulate this respected scholar as a proof of this love.”

The Hijazi High Independence Medal of the first degree, from the Hashemite Kingdom of Hejaz, awarded by Sharif Al-Hussein bin Ali in Makkah Al-Mukarramah, in 1922.

The Jordanian Medal of Independence of the first degree. The Emir of Transjordan, Abdullah I bin Al-Hussein, visited the Karmi house in the city of Tulkarm on September 15, 1931, and awarded him the medal.


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