Naguib Mahfouz.

Naguib Mahfouz (Arabic: نجيب محفوظ‎) (December 11, 1911 – August 30, 2006) was an Egyptian author who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature.

He was born in the district of Gamaliya and he studied philosophy at the University of Cairo. Mahfouz remained a bachelor until the age of 43. In 1954, he married an Egyptian woman, with whom he had two daughters.

As a consequence of his outspoken support for Sadat's Camp David peace treaty with Israel in 1978, his books were banned in many Arab countries until after he won the Nobel prize. Mahfouz was on an Islamic fundamentalist "death list". He defended Salman Rushdie after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini condemned Rushdie to death in 1989, but also criticized his Satanic Verses as "insulting" to Islam.

Naguib Mahfouz wrote thirty-four novels, over 350 short stories, dozens of movie scripts and five plays over a 70-year career. Mahfouz's stories, written in the florid classical Arabic, are almost always set in the heavily populated urban quarters of Cairo, where his characters, mostly ordinary people, try to cope with the modernization of society and the temptations of Western values.

In his honor, a coffee shop in the Cairo bazaar, Khan al-Khalili, bears his name and has a portrait of the author in the main room.


  • Old Egypt (1932) مصر القديمة
  • Whisper of Madness (1938)همس الجنون
  • Mockery of the Fates (1939) عبث الأقدار
  • Rhadopis of Nubia (1943) رادوبيس
  • The Struggle of Tyba (1944) كفاح طيبة
  • Modern Cairo (1945) القاهرة الجديدة
  • Khan El-Khalili (1945) خان الخليلى
  • Midaq Alley (1947) زقاق المدق
  • The Mirage (1948) السراب
  • The Beginning and The End (1950) بداية ونهاية
  • Cairo Trilogy (1956-57) الثلاثية
    • Palace Walk (1956) بين القصرين
    • Palace of Desire (1957) قصر الشوق
    • Sugar Street (1957) السكرية
  • Children of Gebelawi (1959) أولاد حارتنا
  • The Thief and the Dogs (1961) اللص والكلاب
  • Quail and Autumn (1962) السمان والخريف
  • God's World (1962) دنيا الله
  • Zaabalawi (1963)
  • The Search (1964) الطريق
  • The Beggar (1965) الشحاذ
  • Adrift on the Nile (1966) ثرثرة فوق النيل
  • Miramar (1967) ميرامار
  • The Pub of the Black Cat (1969) خمارة القط الأسود
  • A Story Without a Beginning or an Ending (1971)حكاية بلا بداية ولا نهاية
  • The Honeymoon (1971) شهر العسل
  • Mirrors (1972) المرايا
  • Love Under the Rain (1973) الحب تحت المطر
  • The Crime (1973) الجريمة
  • Al-Karnak (1974) الكرنك
  • Respected Sir (1975) حضرة المحترم
  • The Harafish (1977) ملحمة الحرافيش
  • Love above the Pyramid Plateau (1979) الحب فوق هضبة الهرم
  • The Devil Preaches (1979) الشيطان يعظ
  • Love and the Veil (1980) عصر الحب
  • Arabian Nights and Days (1981) ليالى ألف ليلة
  • Wedding Song (1981) أفراح القبة
  • One hour Remains (1982) الباقي من الزمن ساعة
  • The Journey of Ibn Fattouma (1983) رحلة إبن فطومة
  • Akhenaten, Dweller in Truth (1985) العائش فى الحقيقة
  • The Day the Leader was Killed (1985) يوم مقتل الزعيم
  • Fountain and Tomb (1988)
  • Echoes of an Autobiography (1994)
  • Dreams of the Rehabilitation Period (2004) أحلام فترة النقاهة
  • The Seventh Heaven (2005)

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