Malika Al Fassi
Known for Being
The first woman writer in Morocco in the modern period.
The only woman to sign the 1944 document demanding Moroccan independence.
A pioneering Moroccan writer, published under Bahithat alHadira and al-Fatah.
Malika Al-Fassi was a pioneering Moroccan writer. She published under two pseudonyms, Bahithat alHadira and al-Fatah. In 1935, she began publishing articles and literary works, and was the first woman writer in Morocco in the modern period. She was educated in a traditional Islamic school, Dar Faqiha, and was later instructed by her father and her husband, the late research professor, Muhammad al-Fasi. She took part in the nationalist movement and was a member of the women's bureau of the Independence Party. She was the only woman to sign the 1944 document demanding Moroccan independence.
Al-Fassi published articles in the Moroccan press, including "Hawl Tahafut al-Fatayat 'ala-l-Lisseh", "Ta'lim al-Fatah" and "Sawt al-Fatah", for al-Maghrib magazine (1938); "al-Fatah al-Maghribiya Bayn Marahil al-Ta'lim", published in Risalat al-Maghrib magazine (1952); and "Ta'lim al-Mar'a" for Risalat al-Maghrib (1952). She wrote a book for young women, "Dhikrayat bi-Mathabat Sira Dhatiya", which was also published in a series of articles in the supplement to al-Maghrib newspaper in May-June 1938. She also wrote plays which have been staged.
Last modified: 01/09/2019