Sahar Khalifa is considered the foremost Palestinian novelist, widely acclaimed for being the first feminist Palestinian writer, and for her "sensitive, economical and lucid" style. She is the most translated Palestinian author after Mahmoud Darwish. Her fame extends beyond Palestinian and Arab borders, as her translations in many languages attest.
Sahar Khalifa was born in 1941 in the city of Nablus. She was married in 1959 after her high school graduation. She lives between Amman, Jordan; and Nablus. She began writing shortly after the 1967 Israeli invasion of Gaza and the West Bank, and published her first novel in 1974.
Sahar Khalifa completed her secondary education in 1959 in Amman at the Rosary College. She began a new life after her divorce, and completed a BA in English literature from Bir Zeit University (Ramallah). In 1980 she obtained a Fulbright scholarship to study in the United States and obtained an MA in English literature from Chapel -Hill University in North Carolina. She also completed a Ph.D in women’s studies and American literature from Iowa University in 1988.
Khalifa returned to Palestine in 1988, and founded the Women’s Affairs Center in Nablus, which opened a branch in Gaza City in 1991, and in Amman in 1994.