Mahmoud Darwish

Maher S. Mahmassani has written two books and numerous articles in anthologies and law journals, in Arabic, English and French. He earned his doctorate in 1972 and taught law in Beirut at the Lebanese University Law School and the Arab University Law School.

Mahmoud Darwish, born in 1941 in the village of al-Birweh, Palestine, was the author of over two dozen volumes of poetry and prose. When he died in the summer of 2008, he was mourned throughout the world as a voice of the Palestinian people- author of their official declaration of independence and, most importantly, a poet of the highest invention and beauty.

Mohammad Shaheen is a professor of English at the University of Jordan.