Idris Ali was born in Aswan, Egypt in 1940. He studied at the Al-Azhar religious university. He wrote six novels (two translated into English and one into French) and three short story collections. He worked as a construction worker, making little money from his writing. He fought for the rights of Nubians, particularly after the confiscation of their land for the construction of the Aswan Dam. After the death of his son, he attempted suicide several times. He died in 2010 as the result of a heart attack.
Only books translated into English
1993 دنقلة : رواية نوبية (Dongola)
2005 تحت خط الفقر : رواية (Poor)