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Ni’mah Isma’il Nawwab
Known For: Poet, Writer, Lecturer, Photographer, Activist, Humanitarian
Country: Saudi Arabia
Ni’mah Nawwab was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to a family known for its long lineage of scholarship. She is an internationally published poet, writer, women’s advocate, and humanitarian and is recognized as a “Voice for Arab Women and Youth” and a “cultural ambassadress” who aims to build bridges of understanding related to global peace and rapport. The breadth of her work spans a wide continuum: Ni’mah is a poet, photographer, film-maker, and youth and women’s activist.
Ni’mahi s the first published Saudi Arabian female poet in the United States. Her latest work entitled, “Canvas of the Soul: Mystic Poems from the Heartland of Arabia”, is a sequel to her pioneering work, “The Unfurling,” which included a historic, first-of-its-kind public book signing in Saudi Arabia and Washington D.C. In “Canvas of the Soul” Ni’mah features her passion for Islamic art and calligraphy amid poetic lines reminiscent of the works of mystic poets such as Rumi. Ni’mah’s poetry and academic articles are widely read and have been translated from English into Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, and Arabic. She is a contributor to several English language publications and served as a reviewer and editor of the globally circulated “Saudi Aramco World Magazine” for 14 years.
As a passionate photographer and art devotee, Ni’mah’s photographic works have been featured globally; most recently she was published in “Saudi Arabia, A Land Transformed”. Ni’mah has taken her interests even farther and melded her artistic and humanitarian passions into visual media. She has been a contributor to various documentaries on women and peace, such as PBS’s “Beyond our Differences,” a documentary about humanity and faith. Ni’mah also served as a consultant and narrator to the “Arabia 3D IMAX” documentary about Said Arabia in 2010.
Ni’mah is the recipient of numerous awards. Her work and best-selling books have been featured in BBC World News, Newsweek International, MSNBC, AP, The Washington Post, the Japanese English Yomiuri Shimbum, LA Times, Asian Age, GEO France, Hindustan Times, the Malay Berita Harian, Hello magazine, Eastern Eye, Hi magazine, Arabian Lady, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, ash-Sharq al-Awsat, Al Hayat, Al Watan, Laha, Sayidaty, Khaleej Times, Arabian Lady, Bahrain Tribune, Ukaz, Al Yawm, Arabiyyah Net, Elaf and many more.
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