Gatie Niema Al-Hilfy

The author was born at Al-Mu’ayal, Al-Kahla, Amarah, Missan Province, Iraq, in 1950. He obtained a B.A. in English from Basra University in Iraq in 1971 and an M.A. in Linguistics from Cairo University, Egypt, in 1981. He taught at Ghana University, Department of Modern Languages, Arabic section, from 1983 to 1996, and was promoted to senior lecturer at the University of Ghana in 1992. He applied for the grade of associate professor from the University of Ghana in 1995. He taught at Libyan, Jordanian, and Iraqi universities from 1996 to 2016. Some of the author’s other publications in English and Arabic include: The Metres of Arabic Poetry and the Search for a Universal Metrical System: A first attempt of its kind correcting the traditional Arabist approach and opening prospects for a universal metrical theory in the light of the theory of Arabic metrics (Legon, 1988)The English Translations of the Quran: Consistency and Closeness to the Original Arabic Text (Legon, 1992) The Concise Dictionary of the Quran: Arabic-English (Jordan, 2000)Forthcoming العروض بلا غموض (Arabic Prosody Without Ambiguity) (Iraq, 2008) The Theory of Metre Acquisition: Evidence from Arabic Poetry in Favour of the Arabic Origin of the Romance Kharja and Counter to Accentual and Syllabic Metres. He has a collection of classical Arabic poetry that is yet to be published.

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