A Tunisian writer, Muḥammad ʿRībī grew up in the Bāb Al-ʿAssal district. His father, who was a government employee, died when he was a mere child. The young Muḥammad first attended the Sīdī El-Fāhem Koranic school in Bāb Manāraẗ, then the Franco-Arabic school and finally the Zaytuna mosque. However, he was soon to interrupt his formal education but never stopped following closely literary life. He worked in a grocery store and was an assiduous follower of the literary group called Taḥt as-sūr [Under the City Walls] in Bāb Sūwayqaẗ. He began publishing in 1934 with a poetic text entitled Mawt Qalb [Death of a Heart]. He joined the magazine Al-ʿālam al-adabī
[The Literary World] as a journalist and wrote for humor magazines, including the Sabrāẗ
newspaper. He was jailed following the events of April 9, 1938
. Upon his release from prison, he abandoned poetry and began writing fiction ; his first work, "ʿAzīzaaẗ", was published in 1935. His short stories were also published in several newspapers. He worked for the radio (in Tunis
, in Brazzaville
in 1945, then in Paris
). He died in mysterious circumstances in Paris
on December 24, 1946. His writings are infused with sarcasm and rebellion.