Susan-AbulhawaAward-winning American-based novelist and essayist, Susan Abulhawa, was born to refugees of the 1967 war when Israel captured what remained of Palestine. She obtained her M.S. degree in Biomedical Science within the disciplines of Pharmacology and Physiology from the University Of South Carolina School of Medicine. Abulhawa also studied at Pfeiffer University where she obtained her B.S. degree in Biology magna cum laude.


A notable Science writer in medical journals, Abulhawa has contributed to two anthologies, namely Shattered Illusions and Searching Jenin in 2002 and 2003 respectively, and has been published in major and minor US and international newspapers and other periodicals.


Abulhawa has written numerous papers on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hemophilia, schizophrenia, women’s health and oncology.


With a passion for literature, Abulhawa published her first novel, Mornings in Jenin (previously published in a different form as The Scar of David). Translated into 24 languages worldwide and hailed by The Times as the “first English-language novel to express fully the human dimension of the Palestinian tragedy”, Mornings in Jeninwon the Edna Andrade Fiction and Creative Non-fiction Award in 2003.


In 2001, Abulhawa founded PfP Inc., Playgrounds for Palestine, an international children’s organization that builds playgrounds on donated land in the Palestinian territories for impoverished children.


Abulhawa was the recipient of various scientific awards including the Philadelphia Liberation award for outstanding Community activism in 2002. She was also the winner of the Leeway Foundation Edna Andrade award in 2003 for “Emerging Writer” for her novel Mornings in Jenin.


Abulhawa currently lives in Pennsylvania, United States and works as the Senior Medical Writer and Team Leader at Envision Pharma.



Mornings in Jenin, Bloomsbury, 2010

Searching Jenin, Cune Press, 2003

Shattered Illusions, Amal Press, 2002