Hafid Bouazza

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Hafid Bouazza (Arabicحفيظ بوعزة‎, ḥafīẓ būʿazza) (born 8 March 1970 in OujdaMorocco[1]) is a Moroccan-Dutch writer. Bouazza came to the Netherlands in October 1977 as a seven-year-old boy. He lived with his parents in the village Arkel, near Gorinchem, until he went to study Arabic language and literature at the University of Amsterdam.[1]

He received the E. du Perron prize for his 1996 debut De voeten van Abdullah (The feet of Abdullah). Later works include Momo and Solomon, in 2001 Een beer in bontjas (“A bear in a fur coat”); the play adaptions ApollienDe slachting in Parijs (“The massacre in Paris”) and Othello; and Het monster met de twee ruggen : een kameropera (“The beast with two backs: a libretto“). Bouazza gave the 2002 Mosse Lecture, titled Homoseksualiteit en Islam (Homosexuality and Islam).[2] His 2004 novel Paravion won the 2004 “De Gouden Uil” prize. His novel Spotvogel appeared in 2009, after years of silence. Bouazza, an atheist,[1] is known for his criticism of Islam. His sister Hassnae is a noted journalist.[3][4] In 2014, the Dutch freethinkers association De Vrije Gedachte honoured him with the title of “Freethinker of the Year”

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