Hanan Al-Agha (Arabic: حنان الأغا‎; 1948-19 April 2008) was a Palestinian-Jordanian writer, poet and plastic artist. She worked and exhibited in many Arab countries, and many of her works are still displayed in online forums. She also worked at the Jordan Ministry of Education until her retirement. Her daughter is the Jordanian actress and producer Saba Mubarak.[1]

Hanan Al-Agha
حنان الأغا
Hanan Al-Agha.jpg
Died19 April 2008
NationalityPalestinian, Jordanian
Spouse(s)Ahmed Mubarak


Al-Agha was born in Jaffa in 1948, and grew up in ???.[2] She obtained a bachelor's degree in arts and education from Cairo University in 1970. Later, she attended art courses at the Jordanian Ministry of Education and the Queen Alia Fund.[3]

She began exhibiting in group exhibitions in Cairo along with other women artists, and then moved to Amman, Jordan, in 1972, where she held a joint exhibition with the Jordanian artist Arwa Tal, which received positive reviews.[2] She went on to solo exhibitions in Cairo, Amman, and Baghdad,[4] and many more international group exhibitions.[3]

She married a Jordanian from Ajloun, Ahmed Mubarak, with whom two children including Saba Mubarak and Aya Wuhoush.

She headed the Art Education Division of the Directorate General of Curriculum and Educational Technologies at the Ministry of Education.[5]

In addition to her own work in art and literature, Al-Agha authored many books on traditional art and crafts, and was widely published in the local and international Arabic newspapers.[6]

Additional activities and associationsEdit

  • Teaching art education in schools and community colleges.
  • Lecture in several technical courses in the Ministry of Education and the Queen Alia Fund.
  • Member of the Association of Fine Artists in Jordan .
  • Membership of the Association of Fine Artists in Palestine .
  • Member of the Committee on Inventory of Color Labels in the Arabic Language Academy in Jordan, 1987.
  • Member of art education development teams.[6]


In her work, Al-Agha used assertive colors, and composition -- in which figures of people move about -- to endow the plastic medium with a dimension of time. Her brush strokes evoke movement along an axis of memory, in particular regarding the history and conquest of Palestine.[7] She saw her work as a contribution to the cause of liberation of her people, and inseparable from it.[8]

Some of Al-Agha's art works are held in the collections of governments and private entities in Jordan and internationally.[4]

Literary worksEdit

Al-Agha authored many books on traditional art and crafts, has writings were published throughout the Arab world, and her poetry was broadcast on Jordanian radio. Her writings include short stories, poetry, prose, poetry and plays, among them:[9]

Short Stories:

  • وقالت للشجرة (And she said to the tree;)
  • بلفور ، أللنبي وأنا (Balfour, Allenby and I)
  • الدخـــــــــــــــــــــــان (Smoke)
  • حمائم ورقية للفرح (Paper Doves for Joy)
  • عينان صقريّتان (Falcon Eyes)
  • جسد باتساع البياض (Body of Broad Whiteness)
  • المقامة الحجرية (Stone Stature)
  • المواطن س (Citizen S)
  • طحالب الانتظار (Algae, Wait)[10]


  • نغمات مائية (Water Ringtones)
  • معزوفة الأقدام الصغيرة (Small Fiddle)
  • أطروحة حب بغدادية (Baghdad Love Letter)[11]

Death and commemorationEdit

Hanan Al-Agha died on April 19, 2008.

In 2009, a literary competition in Syria was established and named after her.[12]

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ a b "مؤسسة القدس للثقافة والتراث". alqudslana.com. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  3. ^ a b "الموت يغيب الفنانة التشكيلية الاغا". Alrai (in Arabic). 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  4. ^ a b "اليوم .. ذكرى ميلاد الفنانة التشكيلية الفلسطينية حنان الأغا » صحيفة فنون الخليج" (in Arabic). Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  5. ^ "معلومات الاتصال | وزارة التربية والتعليم". www.moe.gov.jo. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  6. ^ a b Unknown (30 May 2014). "قلم ودفتر .. من وجع البنفسج: حنان الأغا". قلم ودفتر .. من وجع البنفسج. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  7. ^ "الفنانة التشكيلية حنان الآغا". genevaa.yoo7.com (in Arabic). Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  8. ^ "اجتياح جنين ثلاث لوحات للفنانة حنان الآغا - مؤسسة فلسطين للثقافة". www.thaqafa.org. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  9. ^ "سأسكن القصيدة بقلم : حنان الأغا". دنيا الرأي. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  10. ^ misralhura (2008-04-22). "من أعمال الفنانة والأديبة الراحلة حنان الأغا". جريدة مصر الحرة (in Arabic). Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  11. ^ "مرثية حنان الآغا / شعـــر : ابن الأصيل". aswat-elchamal.com. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  12. ^ "نتائجُ مسابقةِ الحكايا للإبداعِ الأدبيِّ (مسابقةُ الأديبةِ الرَّاحلةِ حنان الآغا)". www.zamanalwsl.net (in Arabic). Retrieved 2019-11-06.