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Naguib Mahfouz

Agents of Hope

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 02.23.2015 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

We live in an age in which the attack on language is endemic; an age in which techniques like the filibuster have been used to effect mass dysfunction in governance and prevent people from talking to one another.

Would Naguib Mahfouz Oppose the Military Coup in Egypt?

Alparslan Akkuş | Posted 09.23.2013 | World
Alparslan Akkuş

As a citizen of a country that had to live through five coup d'états and military memorandums in last five decades, I advise my Egyptian friends to beware of any type of military rule. A day will come when a new generation of writers grown up on Naguib Mahfouz's books will tell the story of today's coup.

How Naguib Mahfouz's Fiction Illuminates the Egyptian Revolution

Shaj Mathew | Posted 09.15.2013 | Books
Shaj Mathew

In this 1967 novel, Mahfouz's characters grapple with the aftermath of a different revolution: the political and economic idealism of Gamal Abdel Nasser's policy of "Arab Socialism."

6 Egyptian Writers You Don't Know But Should | Posted 08.24.2011 | Books

More writers from Egypt made the longlist for the $50,000, 2011 International Arabic Prize for Fiction (IPAF) than writers from any other country. And...

As the Revolution Builds in Egypt, Mubarak Needs a Trip to Oslo

Anastasia Hobbet | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anastasia Hobbet

Hosni Mubarak has shut down Al Jazeera in Egypt, choked off internet and cell phone service, and has begun arresting journalists. But he hasn't cracke...

The Beauty We Fear Part 4: From Mark Twain to Malcom X (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
G. Roger Denson

Even when Americans began to travel to Muslim lands, from the start they displayed a more diverse response to Islam and its mosques, which over the course of a century graduated from the crude to the reverent.

The Beauty We Fear Part 3: The Mosques of Secular Muslim Writers (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 04.10.2013 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Compared to the European writers discovering the great mosques of Islam for the first time, the mention of mosques is more muted and void of romance to the Muslim secularists inured to them from birth.

Egyptian Group Seeks to Ban One Thousand and One Arabian Nights

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Firas Al-Atraqchi

In the latest effort to censor texts considered to be "offensive to the public good", an Egyptian NGO is attempting to ban the popular book One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.

Naguib Mahfouz: An Author Who Values Humanity

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

I then began to consider the way in which contemporary culture has generated an explosion of social networking sites and technological advances in communication, but has often left behind the precious value of humanity.

The War On Terror Book Club | Lonnae O'Neal Parker | Posted 12.08.2011 | Books

As our discussion veered from how the quest for filthy lucre overtook evading communist sensors as an overarching concern for some Chinese filmmakers,...

UNESCO: The Shame of a Disaster Foretold

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

We must, without delay, appeal to everyone's conscience to keep UNESCO from falling into the hands of a man, who when he hears the word "culture," responds with a book burning.