Shukri Mabkhout is a critic, novelist and academic, born in Tunis in 1962. He holds a state doctorate in Arabic Language and Literature from Manouba University, Tunisia. He currently teaches at the Zayed University in the UAE and supervises its Endowed Chair of Arabic Language. In addition to several books of literary criticism and linguistics, he is the author of novels and short stories. His most well-known fictional work is The Italian, which won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2015 and has been translated into English and Italian.