THE WORLD'S TOP Authors Sudan - Leila Aboulela ANNIVERSARY Issue 2013 JPG






Leila Aboulela




At six weeks of age, Leila Aboulela moved from Egypt with her Egyptian mother and Sudanese father to Khartoum, Sudan.  After graduating from the University of Khartoum with a degree in Economics, specializing in Statistics, she relocated to the UK, receiving a Masters in Statistics from the London School of Economics.  She moved once again, this time to Aberdeen, Scotland, where she lectured at the Aberdeen College of Further Education and held the position of Research Assistant at the University of Aberdeen.  Convinced she wanted to write, Ms. Aboulela began taking creative writing evening classes at the Aberdeen Central Library.  After taking additional courses at the University of Aberdeen, she decided to give up her career in Statistics to write fulltime.


Ms. Aboulela’s work encompasses themes pertaining to faith and Islam, assimilation issues for Muslim expatriates, feminist issues such as gender relations, female circumcision and veiling, and interreligious relations.  She has stated that she wishes to show that a woman’s need for spiritual fulfillment is as strong as her need for love, family and a career.  She notes that her fiction is governed by Muslim rationale, including flawed characters who practice their faith under difficult circumstances.


The Museum, a short story, won the first-ever Caine Prize for African Writing, and was later included in her collection entitled Coloured Lights.  Her first novel, The Translator, which was long-listed for the Orange Prize for Fiction and was one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year, is taught in universities in Sudan.  She has also written several radio play broadcasts.


4 Responses to “THE WORLD’S TOP AUTHORS – 16 WHO MATTER! Sudan – Leila Aboulela”

  1. Ihab Hashim | 01.16.14 at 4:30 AM said…

    Salaams, Congratulations and Lots of Success! You were my family’s neighbours in Nimr Itnen! Best Wishes and Salaams!

  2. salah | 01.15.14 at 1:31 PM said…

    we are proud of you..Leila .iam from khartoum.

  3. hasna | 01.15.14 at 10:19 AM said…

    Wish u the best

  4. hasna | 01.15.14 at 10:18 AM said…

    Congrat my dearest Aboulela wish u all the bes