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A (Adel) S (Said) Bishtawi was Born in Nazareth, Palestine, on 2 October 1945.
He read English Literature at Damascus University.
Studied Linguistics at the Central London Polytechnic.
Started his journalistic career with the Syrian News Agency (Damascus).
In London he became Front Page Editor of Al Arab Newspaper, the first pan Arab
Newspaper launched in Europe.
In 1978 he joined Mr Jihad Al Khazen in launching Asharq Al Awsat Newspaper
(London) as Business and Supplements Editor.
In 1980 he was appointed Central Managing Editor of the Emirates News Agency in
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
In 1988 he joined Mr Jamil Mrowa (who later relaunched the Daily Star in Beirut in
1996) in London for the re-launch of Al Hayat Newspaper and continued under the
editorship of Mr. Jihad Al Khazen (and ownership of Prince Khaled Bin Sultan) as
Business, Supplements and IT Editor.
He remained in that post until he left in April 2001 to dedicate his time to creative
A Bishtawi was production assistant for a number of TV documentaries. He later
produced, directed and wrote "Muslims along the Silk Road", a 5 part-60-minutes-
each documentary tracing Muslim culture, heritage and legacy of Muslim pioneers and
merchants along the Silk Road.
He hosted for TV and press interviews world political leaders, ministers, writers,
businessmen, artists etc. including Indian Prime Minister Indira Ghandi, British Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher, Afghanistan President Hafizullah Amin (shortly before his
execution with members of his family at the start of the Russian invasion of his
country), Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahatir
Muhammad, Pakistan President Mohammad Zial-ul-Haq, Prime Minister Mohammad
Khan Junejo, Austrian Chancellor Fred Sinowatz, Sheikh Issa Bin Salman Al Khalifa
the Emir of Bahrain, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Thani the Emir of Qatar, Saad
AlAbdulla Al Sabah the Prime Minister of Kuwait and many others.
As author, his early published work included 5 anthologies of short stories and a
The Andalusian Moriscos (History of the Moriscos after the Fall of Granada) was first
published in Cairo in 1982. Two more editions were published in Damascus in 1985
His first novel Traces of a Tattoo was published in 1998 by The Arab Institute for
Publication and Studies, Beirut, Lebanon and proclaimed by critics an "instant
The second novel Times of Death and Roses was published by The Arab Institute for
Publication and Studies, Beirut, Lebanon in early 1999.
Gardens of Despair, his third novel, was published by The Arab Institute for
Publication and Studies, Beirut, in late 2000 and released to the public in 2002.
The Martyrdom of the Andalusian Nation (Part I) was published by The Arab Institute
for Publication and Studies in March 2001.
History of Injustice in the Arab World was launched at Sharjah International Book Fair
in December 2005. It was instantly banned in Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
It was a best seller on the largest online book store: www.neelwafurat.com.
During 2001-2002 he co-authored A Thousand Miles in One Step, a book by HRH
Prince Abdulla Bin Mosaad Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, a grandson of the founder of
Saudi Arabia. The book was published by the Arab Institute for Publication and
Studies, Beirut, Lebanon. It is the first work ever to reveal the true circumstances of
the death in 1975 of King Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia as neither a
conspiracy nor a plot of the state.
"My Vision - Challenges in the Race for Excellence" was launched in the United Arab
Emirates on April 23 and described by Gulf Today Newspaper,(Monday, April 24,
2006, page 4) as One of the most important books published in the Middle East in the
past 50 years�. It's a biography and vision of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al
Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE, Prime Minister and Ruler of the Emirate of
Bishtawi's newest works are two novels - Traces of a Tatto; Times of Death and Rose
and Origin of the Arabic Numerals in which he reveals the origin of the Arabic numeric
system and the orientalists who engineered the appropriation of the Arabic numeric
system. The three books are published by AuthorHouse.
The writer appears regularly on TV shows, and he participates in conferences and
seminars on history, literature and IT. He contributes a weekly comment to Al Bayan
newspaper (Dubai), and hundreds of other articles in English and Arbaic were
published in various newspapers, magazines and sites(including
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Interests: reading, computing, travelling
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