Born in Fayyoum (Egypt) in 1947, Makarim Al-Ghamri obtained her BA from the College of Linguistics at Ain Shams University in Cairo and Ph.D. in comparative literature from Moscow University. Her academic career extends over 30 years during which she served as Professor of Comparative Russian Literature at the College of Linguistics in Ain Shams University, Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Director of the Translation Department, Vice-Dean and Dean of the College of Linguistics. She helped develop that College and add new departments and a center for Chinese Studies. She is a member of the Translation Committee of the Supreme Council for Culture in Egypt, the Egyptian Chapter of the International Pen Club and the Egyptian Society of Comparative Literature.
Professor Al-Ghamri is a specialist in Russian language and literature. She wrote many papers and books on different genres of Arabic and Russian languages and literature, including poetry, novels, literary criticism and translations. One of her best-known contributions is her book The Influence of Arabic and Islamic cultures on Russian literature during the 19th century which is considered one of the most thoroughly documented Arabic texts on the subject. Her other works include: Russian Novel in the 19th Century, Pushkin at the Fountain of Tears, the Eternal Blower in addition to translations of several Russian articles, novels and plays such as War and Peace by Bulgakov, Alive Forever by Remizov and several works of the 19th Century Russian playwright Aleksandr Ostrvskii (1823-1886). Professor Al-Ghamri also participates actively in the cultural life of Cairo through her writings and participation in cultural radio and television programs.
In addition to the King Faisal International Prize for Arabic Literature, Professor Al-Ghamri was awarded Poshkin’s Medal on the 100th anniversary of the birth of this renowned Russian poet.
During the past 10 years, Professor Al-Ghamri held several administrative and academic positions, including Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Director of the Translation Department, Vice-Dean and Dean of the College of Linguistics. She helped develop that College and add new departments and a center for Chinese Studies.