Radwa Ashour
  • Gender:Female
  • ISNI:0000000108150263
  • Year of Birth:1946, Cairo - El-Manial, Egypt
  • Year of Flourishing:1983
  • Year of Death:2014
  • Lives in:Egypt
  • Citizen of:Egypt
  • Education:Massachusetts, United States

Radwa Ashour was an Egyptian novelist. Ashour was born in El-Manial to Mustafa Ashour, a lawyer and literature enthusiast, and Mai Azzam, a poet and an artist. She graduated from Cairo University with a BA degree in 1967. In 1972, she received her MA in Comprehensive Literature from the same university. In 1975, Ashour graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a PhD in African American Literature. Her dissertation was entitled The search for a Black poetics: a study of Afro-American critical writings. While preparing for her PhD, Ashour was remarked as the first doctoral candidate in English who studied the literature of the African-American. She taught at Ain Shams University, Cairo. Between 1969 and 1980, Ashour's mainly focused on studying, raising up her son and playing an active role as an activist. She married Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti in 1970. She gave birth to her son, poet Tamim al-Barghouti, in 1977. In that same year, Ashour's husband, Mourid Barghouthi was deported from Egypt to Hungary. As she and her son stayed in Cairo, they used to make frequent visits to Mourid.

Ashour died on 30 November 2014 after months of long-term health problems.

Published works
  • Siraj, By (author), University of Texas Press, 2007, ISBN-13, 9780292717527, Book
  • Granada, By (author), Syracuse University Press, 2003, ISBN-13, 9780815607656, Book, Arabic, English
  • I Saw the Palm Trees, By (author), Dar El-Shorouk, 1987, Book
  • The Scream, By (author), Dar El-Shorouk, 2015, ISBN-13, 9789770933428, Book
  • Cairo International Book Fair, Egypt, Winner, 1994
  • The First Arab Woman Book Fair, Egypt, Winner, 1995
  • Constantine Cavafy Prize for Literature, Winner, 2007
  • The Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Awards, United Arab Emirates, Winner, 2011