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Ihsan abdel quddous

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Ihsan Abdel Quddous (Egyptian Arabic: إحسان عبد القدوس‎ ʼIḥsān ʻAbd el-Quddūs, IPA: [ʔeħˈsæːn ʕæbdel.qʊdˈduːs]) (1 January 1919 – 11 January 1990) was an Egyptian writer, novelist, and journalist and editor in Egypt's Al Akhbar and Al-Ahram newspapers. He is known to have written many novels that have been adapted in films.

Abdel Quddous was born in Cairo, Egypt, to an Egyptian father, Mohamed Abd El-Quddous, and Turkish-Egyptian journalist Rose al Yusuf. His favorite hobby as a child was reading. At the age of eleven, he started writing short stories and classical poems.[1] His father, Mohamed Abdel Quddous, an Egyptian theater and film actor, motivated him to pursue a career in law. Ihsan graduated from law school in 1942 and worked as a lawyer. He was, at the beginning of his career, a trainee for the law firm of Edward Qussairi, a famous Egyptian lawyer.[1] He was also an editor in Rose al Youssef, a weekly magazine that his mother Fatima al Youssef (aka Rose al Yusuf) had founded.[2][3][4][5]

In 1944, he started writing film scripts, short stories, and novels. He later left his law career to focus on his literary career. A few years later, he became a distinguished journalist in the Al Akhbar newspaper, where he worked for eight years. He then worked in the Al-Ahram newspaper and became its editor-in-chief. He often criticized important personalities, which got him imprisoned three times throughout his journalism career.[1][2][3][4][5]

Ihsan regarded women as symbols of sacrifice in the Egyptian society which was why women were the central theme of his literary works. His works influentially contributed to bring change in the conventional concepts in Egypt.[1] Contrary to his literary works, he was a very conservative person. He was known to have a resisting personality and had been a strict husband and father in his house. He wrote more than 60 novels and collections of short stories. Of his novels, five were dramatized, nine were used as radio series scripts, ten had television miniseries adaptations, and 49 had film adaptations. His works have been translated to several foreign languages including the English, French, German, Ukrainian, and Chinese languages. Ihsan also co-founded the Egyptian Story Club.[2][3][4][5]

His son Mohamed Ihsan Abdel Quddous is a journalist.[citation needed]

One of Ihsan's first articles was an attack on the British Ambassador Miles Lampson (Lord Killearn). He won early fame by writing articles exposing the government's role in providing the troops with defective arms during the Palestine War for which he was imprisoned. Ihsan was jailed again in 1954 after writing an article, titled "al-jam'iyya al-sir-riyya al-lati tahkum Misr," that revealed Nasser's machinations in the March Crisis.[6]

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