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December 11, 2013

Of Fame and Fatwas

 Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz

By Steve King

On this day in 1911 the Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz was born. Despite a death sentence pronounced against him by Omar Abdul-Rahman, and nearly carried out in 1994, Mahfouz chronicled and questioned Egyptian society throughout his long life. He was given a state funeral when he died in 2006 – at which time Abdul-Rahman was a decade into his life sentence.

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