Abd al-Ali Wadghiri

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Abd al-Ali Wadghiri (/wadghīrī/; Arabic: عبد العلي الودغيري ; born January 20, 1944) is a Moroccan academic, writer, and linguist born in Fes, Morocco.

Abd al-Ali Wadghiri

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Life and Career[edit]

He studied in Fes, Rabat, and Paris, and received the Licence D'études Fondamentales (License in Fundamental Studies: Arabic Studies) in 1976, and a state Ph.D. in Arabic Language and Literature in 1986. He pursued his postgraduate studies at Sorbonne University in Paris, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Fes, and Mohammed V University in Rabat. He was a professor in secondary and university education at the Colleges of Art in Fes and Rabat, in addition to being a consultant to the Moroccan Ministry of Culture and Communication and a writer for the National Cultural Committee. Former member of Moroccan Writers Union and founding member of Moroccan Linguistic Union. He issued “The Stance” magazine and managed it since 1987. He officiated as the head of the World Islamic University in Niger from 1994 to 2005, and director of the Allal al-Fasi Institute in Rabat from 2006 to 2008.[1][2]


He published his poetry and research in literature and linguistics within numerous Moroccan and Arab journals and magazines.

His poetry collections:

  • “Death in a Grey Village” (original title: al-Mawt fī Qaryah Ramādīyah: Shiʿr), 1980
  • “Another Moment” (original title: Laḥẓah Ukhrá: Shiʿr), 1995

His publications include:

  • “Abu Ali al-Qali and His Impact on the Studies of Language and Literature" (original title: Abū ʻAlī al-Qālī wa-Atharuhu fī al-Dirāsāt al-Lughawīyah wa-al-Adabīyah bi-al-Andalus), 1976
  • “Interpretations of Al-Sabbagh’s Literature” (original title: Qirāʼāt fī Adab al-Ṣabbāgh), 1977
  • “The Arabic Lexicon in Al-Andalus” (original title: al-Muʻjam al-ʻArabī bi-al-Andalus), 1984
  • “The Cases of the Arabic Lexicon in Ibn al-Tayyib’s Writings” (original title: Qaḍāyā al-muʻjam al-ʻArabī fī kitābāt Ibn al-Ṭayyib al-Sharaqī), 1989
  • “Introducing Ibn al-Tayyib al-Sharqi” (original title: al-Taʻrif bi-Ibn al-Ṭayyib al-Sharqī), 1990
  • “The Francophonie and the French Linguistic and Educational Policy in Morocco” (original title: al-Frankfūnīyah wa-al-Siyāsah al-Lughawīyah wa-al-Taʿlīmīyah al-Faransīyah bi-al-Maghreb), 1993
  • “The Arabic Language and Islamic Culture in West Africa: Features of Moroccan Impact” (original title: al-Lugha al-ʿArabīyah wa-al-Thaqāfah al-Islamīyah bi-al-Gharb al-ʾAfrīqī: Malāmiḥ min al-Taʾ thīr al-Maghribī)
  • “The Language, Religion and Identity” (original title: al-Lughah wa-al-Dīn wa-al-Huwīyah), 2000
  • “An Appeal to Dialect in Morocco – Roots, Extensions, Objectives and Justifications” (original title: al-Daʿwah ʾilá al-Dārijah bi-al-Maghreb - al-Judhūr wa-al-Imtidadāt, al-Ahdāf wa-al-Musawwighāt), 2011
  • “The Arabic Language at the Stages of Vulnerability and Subjection” (original title: al-Lughah al-ʿArabīyah fī Marāḥil al-Daʿf wa-al-Tabaʿīyah), 2013
  • “The Nation’s Language and the Mother Language: On the Reality of the Arabic Language in Its Social and Cultural Environment” (original title: Lughat al-Ummah wa-Lughat al-Umm: ʿAn Wāqiʿ al-Lughah al-ʿArabīyah fī Bīʾatihā al-Ijtimāʿīyah wa-al-Thaqāfīyah), 2013[3]
  • “Towards a Historical Lexicon of the Arabic Language” (et al.) (original title: Naḥwa Muʿjam Tarīkhī li-al-Lugha al-ʿArabīyah), 2014
  • “Foreign Arabicizations: Etymological and Historical Dictionary for French Expressions of Arabic or Arabicized Origin” (original title: al-ʿArabīyāt al-Mughtaribāt: Qamūs Taʾthīlī wa-Tarīkhī li-al-Alfāẓ al-Faransīyah Dhāt al-Aṣl al-ʿArabī ʾaw al-Muʿarrab), 2018

Awards and Prizes[edit]

He won several awards:

  • Moroccan Book Award, 1989
  • Moroccan Book Award for his book “The Arabic Language at the Stages of Vulnerability and Subjection” in 2014
  • ALECSO-Sharjah Award for Language and Lexical Studies for the topic of “Studies of the Arabic Language’s Historical Lexicon” (original title: al-Dirasāt fī al-Muʿjam al-Tarīkhī li-al-Lugha al-ʿArabīyah) in 2018[4]
  • King Faisal Prize for Arabic Language and Literature[5]

External Links[edit]


Category:Arab writers Category:Moroccan academics Category:1944 births Category:Living people

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