Amin Maalouf (Arabic: أمين معلوف), born 25 February 1949 in Beirut, is a Lebanese author. Arabic (ar الْعَرَبيّة (informally ar عَرَبيْ) in terms of the number of speakers is the largest living member of the Semitic language Events 138 - The Emperor Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius, effectively making him his successor Year 1949 ( MCMXLIX) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Beirut (بيروت Bayrūt) is the Capital and Largest city of Lebanon with a population of over 2 Lebanon (ˈlɛbənɒn Arabic: ar لبنان Lubnān) officially the Republic of Lebanon or Lebanese Republic (ar الجمهورية اللبنانية An author is defined both as "the person who originates or gives existence to anything" and that authorship determines responsibility for what is created He writes in French, and his works have been translated into many languages. French ( français,) is a Romance language spoken around the world by 118 million people as a native language and by about 180 to 260 million people He received the Prix Goncourt in 1993 for his novel Rock of Tanios. The Prix Goncourt is a prize in French literature, given to the Author of "the best and most imaginative prose work of the year" The year 1993 in literature involved some significant events and new books
He was the second of four children. His parents' families were from the Lebanese mountain village of Ain el Kabou. They had married in Cairo in 1945, where Odette, his mother, was born of a Maronite Christian father from the village, who had left to work in Egypt, and a mother born in Turkey. Cairo () which means "the Vanquisher" or "the Triumphant" is the capital and largest city of Egypt. Maronites ( الموارنة,, Syriac: ܡܪܘܢܝܐ, Latin: Ecclesia Maronitarum) are members of one of the Syriac This article is about the country of Egypt For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Egypt topics. Turkey (Türkiye known officially as the Republic of Turkey ( is a Eurasian Country that stretches Amin's father, Ruchdi, was from the Melkite Greek Catholic community. Meaning of church name Melkite comes from the Syriac word malko for "imperial" which was originally a Pejorative term for Middle-Eastern One of his ancestors was a priest whose son converted to become a Presbyterian parson. Presbyterianism is a family of Christian denominations within the Reformed branch of Protestant Western Christianity The parson's son (Maalouf's grandfather) was a "rationalist, anticlerical, probably a freemason, and refused to baptise his children". While the Protestant branch of the family sent their children to British or American schools, Maalouf's mother was a staunch Catholic who insisted on sending him to French Jesuit school. He studied sociology at the French University in Beirut. He worked as the former director of the Beirut daily an-Nahar in Beirut until the start of the civil war in 1975, when he moved to Paris as a refugee. An-Nahar ( النهار) The Day, is the leading Arabic-language daily Newspaper in Lebanon. Year 1975 ( MCMLXXV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Paris (ˈpærɨs in English; in French) is the Capital of France and the country's largest city He still lives there today.
Maalouf's novels are marked by his experiences of civil war and migration. Their characters are itinerant voyagers between lands, languages, and religions.