Walid Ikhlasi

Walid Ikhlasi (Arabic: وليد إخلاصي; 27 May 1935 – 19 February 2022) was a Syrian novelist, short story writer and playwright.

Walid Ikhlasi
وليد إخلاصي
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Born(1935-05-27)27 May 1935
Died19 February 2022 (2022-02-20) (aged 86)
Aleppo, Syria
Other namesWalīd Ikhlāṣī, Waleed Ekhlassi

Life and careerEdit

Born in İskenderun, after getting a degree as an agricultural engineer, Ikhlasi started his career as a writer of short stories in 1954.[1] In 1963 he published Qissas ("Stories"), his first collection of stories, and two years later he debuted as a novelist with Shita al-bahr al-yabis.[2]

Also an avantgarde playwright, his style is characterized by an experimental, surrealistic and absurdist vein, often mixed with an extreme realistic tone.[2][3] Among his major themes, is his longing for democracy and freedom.[2]

Besides his literary activity, Ikhlasi served as a lecturer at the University of Aleppo.[1] He died in Aleppo on 19 February 2022, at the age of 86.[4]


  1. ^ a b Young, M. J. L. (1981). "The Short Stories of Walīd Ikhlāṣī". Journal of Arabic Literature. 12: 125–136. doi:10.1163/157006481X00071. ISSN 0085-2376. JSTOR 4183050.
  2. ^ a b c Gouryh, Admer (1984). "The Fictional World of Walid Ikhlasi". World Literature Today. 58 (1): 23–27. doi:10.2307/40139637. ISSN 0196-3570. JSTOR 40139637. Retrieved 20 February 2022.
  3. ^ Carlson, Marvin (2003). "Ikhlasi, Walid". In Kennedy, Dennis (ed.). The Oxford encyclopedia of theatre & performance. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198601746.
  4. ^ "Writer Walid Ikhlasi passes away of 87 years old". Syrian Arab News Agency. 19 February 2022. Retrieved 20 February 2022.

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