Mansour Al-Hazmi is one of Saudi Arabia’s foremost literary critics. He was born in 1935 in Makkah Al- Mukarramah, where he received his general education. He obtained a BA from Cairo University and a Ph.D. in modern Arabic literature from the School of African and Oriental Studies at London University. He became professor of Arabic Literature at King Saud University in Riyadh since 1978.
Professor Al-Hazmi’s research interests focus on the Arabic historical novel in general and novels and short stories in Saudi Arabia in particular. He authored or coauthored several books and articles in both areas. His academic career spans more than 40 years, during which he held different offices at King Saud University, including Deanships of the College of Arts and the University Studies Center for Women Students. He was also an appointed member of the Saudi Consultative Council.
He is a dynamic participant in cultural and intellectual activities in his country and abroad. He was the first editorin- chief of Al-Adab, the official Journal of the College of Arts at King Saud University, and a member of the editorial board of Al-Dara, a popular cultural magazine printed in Riyadh. He is a also a member of the Riyadh Cultural Club, the Board of Trustees of Abd Al-Aziz Al-Babtain Prize for Arabic Poetry (Kuwait) and Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Committee for State Prizes in Arabic Literature.
In addition to the King Faisal International Prize for Arabic Literature, Professor Al-Hazmi’s contributions were recognized by Saudi Arabia’s Order of Merit (First Class), Gold Medal of the Arab League Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (ALESCO) and Medal of the Gulf States Cooperation Council.
Professor Mansour I. Al-Hazimi and Professor Ibrahim A. Al-Saafin: The laureates have been recognised for their contributions to the study of the various genres of modern Arabic prose.
Professor Al-Saafin has written numerous books and articles on the Arabic novel, short story, and play. He has studied the ancient Arabic narrative tradition and its 1expressions across the ages.
Professor Al-Hazimi is one of Saudi Arabia’s foremost literary critics. He has studied the modern Arabic historical novel and played a pioneering role in researching the Saudi novel and short story.