Last Update 13:4
Friday, 18 October 2019

Pioneering children's author Mahmoud Salem dies at 84

Salem was best-known for his mystery series 'The Five Adventurers'

Mohammed Saad , Monday 25 Feb 2013
Mahmoud Salem
Writer Mahmoud Salem (1929 - 2013) (Photo: Ahram)
Views: 3052
Views: 3052

Egyptian writer Mahmoud Salem, well-known children's writer and author of the famous mystery series Al-Moghameroon Al-Khamsa (The Five Adventurers) died on Sunday, 24 February, at the age of 84.

Salem is widely known in the Arab world as one of the first authors to start writing mystery novels for children.

Children's writer Fatma El-Maadoul told Ahram Online that the late writer made a great effort to establish children's writing in the Arab world, and that she as a children’s writer had learnt from him.

“His ability to push children to think in scientific and creative methods to solve his mysteries was incredible indeed; he was the first children's writer to have his work turned into a TV series.”

While expressing his deep sadness at losing an old friend, writer and critic Gaber Asfour told Ahram Online that Salem was a landmark in Arabic children's writing who paved the way to similar writings and offered children creative mystery novels that helped them to learn new things.

“He is one of the most important children’s writers in the Arab world; he was an authentic creative man,” Asfour said.

Mahmoud Salem was born in 1929 in Alexandria. His father was a naval officer.

Salem joined a military college but left it before he completed his study, joining a leftist group during the late 1940s.

Salem then moved to the faculty of law at Cairo University, before leaving his studies to become a journalist. 

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.