Ahlam Mosteghanemi is a best-selling author who has won numerous prizes, including the Naguib Mahfouz Prize for Memory in the Flesh, a novel about Algeria’s struggle against foreign domination and the problems that plagued the emerging nation after its independence. Written in Arabic, the book has sold over a million copies. Although Algerian, she earned her PhD at Sorbonne in France and now lives in Beirut. She is the first contemporary Arab author to sell millions of copies of her work and dominate book charts for years in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Tunisia, and the UAE. Arabian Business ranked her as 70th in the The World’s Most Influential Arab Women. In 2014, she received the Best Arabic Writer award during the Beirut International Award Festival. In 2016, she was named UNESCO Artist for Peace.
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