Born 1873 in Istanbul; died 1921 in Helwan. Egyptian Arab publicist and poet.
Yekun was the son of a Turkish pasha. In his articles and essays, he described the terrors of the regime of Abdul-Hamid II and criticized the results of the Young Turk Revolution of 1908. He also dealt with questions concerning the development of Arabic culture. Yekun wrote numerous poems, which were published in a divan in 1924. He was also the author of an unfinished novel, Dikram and Raif, which dealt with Turkish revolutionary youth. Yekun’s style was characterized by the combination of emotionality and ardent loftiness with caustic satire.
WORKSal-Malum wa al-Majhhul, vols. 1-2. Cairo, 1909-10.
al-Sahaif al-Sud. Cairo, 1910.
aUTajarib. Alexandria, 1913.
In Russian translation:
In Arabskaia proza. Moscow, 1956.
REFERENCESKrachkovskii, I. Iu. Izbr. soch., vol. 3. Moscow-Leningrad, 1956. (See index.)
Dolinina, A. A. Ocherki istorii arabskoi literatury novogo vremeni: Egipet i Siriia. Moscow, 1968.
Brockelmann, K. Geschichte der arabischen Literatur, supplementary vol. 3. Leiden, 1942. Pages 49-56.