Abdul Razzak Abdul Wahid

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Abdul Razzak Abdul Wahid

Abdul Razzak Abdul Wahid (Arabic: عبد الرزاق عبد الواحد{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}‎), Iraqi poet [1] born in Baghdad (1/7/1930 -8/11/2015).[2]


Wahid graduated from the "school of education" (Arabic: دار المعلمين{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}‎) (now, Faculty of Education) in 1952 and worked as "Arabic Language" teacher in secondary schools, and associate director of the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad.[2]

In 1970, he was transferred from the Ministry of Education to the Ministry of Culture and Media to work as editorial secretary of Al-Aqlam magazine (Arabic: مجلة الأقلام{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}‎), and later he became the chief editor. He also was the head dean of both Folk Center and Institute of Musician Studies.

In 1980 he was the General Director of the Iraq National Library and Archive in Baghdad, and also the cultural adviser of the Ministry of Culture and Media.

In adding to his position[3] from 1970 to 1990 he also was:

  • Director of Baghdad Culture Club.
  • Councilor of Afak Arabya.
  • Member of the Central Committee of publishing in the Ministry of Culture and Media.
  • Member of the National Committee of musicians.
  • Founder of Authors Union.

Personal life[edit]

Razzak was born in Baghdad to mandaean parents. At the age of 3, he moved with his family to Maysan where he spent his childhood and early youth there moving between rivers and the beautiful nature that he loved.[3] At the second grade of high school he moved back to Baghdad continuing his studies.

He wrote his first poem in 1945 followed by his first collection of poems in 1950. He wrote more than 42 poem combinations and 2 poetic dramas, of which there were 10 poetic plays, and 22 combinations that he wrote for children and were of his favourite. He also wrote during the Iraqi-Irani war.

His poetry was translated to different languages, such as English, Finnish, Russian, German, Romanian and Serbo-Croatian.

Honors and awards[edit]

  • Medal of Pushkin in the World Poetry festival[4]
  • Shield of Cambridge University 1979
  • Medal of (golden poem) in the world poetry festival of stroke /Yugoslavia 1986
  • First prize in the world poetry festival/ Yugoslavia 1999
  • Shield of Damascus from the minister of culture 2008 and there are many from the Iraqi government through previous government regime.


  1. "Poet rich with praise for Saddam". http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/814484/posts.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "الموقع الشخصي للشاعر عبدالرزاق عبدالواحد - القصائد كتابةً". http://www.abdulrazzak.com/. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  3. 3.0 3.1 {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=citation }}
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