Sabri Bebawi


The middle of five children, Sabri Bebawi was born in 1956 in the town of Fayoum, Egypt, where he attended law school at Cairo University. He then left Egypt for the United Kingdom. He was invited by Oxford University, where he spent some time, and never returned to Egypt. A few years later, after living and working in England, Italy, France, and Cyprus, he took refuge in the country he loved most, the United States.
In California he studied communications at California State University, Fullerton, then obtained a master’s degree there in English education. Later he worked at many colleges and universities teaching English as a second language, freshman English, journalism, and educational technology. He did further graduate work at UCLA and obtained a PhD in education and distance learning from Capella University.
Although English is his third language, he has published many works in English on eclectic topics. It has always been his ambition to write novels, and this is his first attempt. As English is a foreign language to him, the task of writing a novel has been challenging.
As a child, Bebawi struggled to make sense of religions and their contradictions; in fact he grew up terrified of the word God. As he grew older and studied law, as well as all the holy books, he developed a more pragmatic and sensible stance; the word became just that—a word.

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Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Dr. Sabri Bebawi. I have been a college teacher for almost 30 years and I have taught at many colleges and universities. My educational background includes Law, Journalism, English Education and Instructional Technology. My Ph.D. specialization is in education and instructional technology.

Before I started teaching, I had worked as a journalist in Europe and in the United States. As for my law education, I was never interested in practicing law despite that my father is a lawyer; so, I never took the Bar exam. Instead, have been teaching and I am enjoying it immensely. Currently, I am a tenure professor at San Jose City College; I teach English, ESL, Critical Thinking, Journalism, and Instructional Technology.

I love to read, write, travel and play the piano.

French literature and Russian literature are my favorite. My published work is quite eclectic; I have written on many issues and topics. Please visit

My favorite quote is one by the great Mark Twain (1835-1910). He wrote:
“I have never let my schooling interferes with my education.”
Describe your book ‘God on Trial: A Short Fiction’ in 30 words or less.
Convinced that God is a negative force tormenting the helpless human race, an ailing English professor becomes determined to put God on trial, but when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, he soon succumbs to the damning madness and brutally stabs and kills his wife. And in the deadly manhunt that ensues, he is ultimately shot dead by the police prompting his grieving sister to follow through with his life’s mission – to bring God to Justice – God is finally brought to justice.
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God on Trial
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 34,570. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Plays » Religious & Liturgical
For the main character of Bebawi God On Trial, each moment brings a torment of some kind. The character is extremely intelligent and yet disturbed by thoughts that never cease, as well as memories that evoke strong responses, eventually leading to a confusion of time and current reality. Indeed, as time progresses, the confusion grows worse; his reality rarely merges with truth. Paranoia and

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