The Middle East’s leading English-language academic book publisher

The American University in Cairo Press is the Middle East’s leading English-language academic book publisher. Its mission is to accurately reflect Egypt and the Middle East to a global readership in line with the main teaching and research interests of the American University in Cairo.

Drawing on an international author and editor community, the AUC Press publishes—in both digital and print formats—reviewed scholarly books, fiction (through a separate imprint hoopoefiction.com), Arabic teaching books, Egypt-focused books, and general interest publications.

AUC Press currently produces up to 50 new books each year and maintains a backlist of some 800 titles mainly for distribution worldwide through Ingram Content Group (North America) and Ingram Publisher Services UK (The rest of the world, excluding North America).

Today the AUC Press publishes books in twelve main categories:

Arabic Language Learning; Archaeology and Ancient Egypt; Architecture and the Arts; Business, Economics, and Environmental Studies; Coptic and Islamic Studies; Egypt Guidebooks; Fiction in Translation; History; Literary Criticism; Middle East Studies; Middle East Travel; and Naguib Mahfouz.

The Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature

Naguib Mahfouz (1911–2006)

Naguib Mahfouz was born on December 11, 1911, in the old Gamaliya quarter of Cairo. He began writing in primary school, when he was a fan of detective, historical, and adventure novels. In secondary school he moved on to the innovators of Arabic fiction—Taha Hussein, Muhammed Husayn Haykal, Ibrahim al-Mazini—who served him as models for the short story.

Mahfouz received the Egyptian State Prize twice for his writings. In 1988 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Swedish Academy of Letters, in its citation for the prize, noted that Mahfouz “through works rich in nuance—now clear-sightedly realistic, now evocatively ambiguous—has formed an Arabic narrative art that applies to all mankind.”

He published 35 novels, over 350 short stories, 26 movie scripts, hundreds of op-ed columns for Egyptian newspapers, and seven plays over a 70-year career, from the 1930s until 2004.

In 2011, the AUC Press celebrated the centenary of the Egyptian Nobel laureate’s birth.

Since 1996 the AUC Press has presented the annual Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature, a major award in support of contemporary Arabic literature in translation.

The 27 winners of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature since its inauguration include 13 Egyptians (2 posthumously), 3 Palestinians, 3 Algerians, 2 Lebanese, 1 Moroccan, 2 Syrians, 1 Iraqi, 1 Sudanese, and 1 Saudi Arabian:

2022: Fatma Qandil, Empty Cages
2020 (awarded in March 2021): Ahmed Taibaoui, The Disappearance of Mr. Nobody
2018: Omaima Al-Khamis, The Book Smuggler
2017: Huzama Habayeb, Velvet
2016: Adel Esmat, Tales of Yusuf Tadrus
2015: Hassan Daoud, No Road to Paradise
2014: Hammour Ziada, The Longing of the Dervish
2013: Khaled Khalifa, No Knives in the Kitchens of This City
2012: Ezzat El Kamhawi, House of the Wolf
2011: The Revolutionary Literary Creativity of the Egyptian People
2010: Miral al-Tahawy, Brooklyn Heights
2009: Khalil Sweileh, Writing Love
2008: Hamdi Abu Golayyel, A Dog with No Tail
2007: Amina Zaydan, Red Wine
2006: Sahar Khalifeh, The Image, the Icon, and the Covenant
2005: Yusuf Abu Rayya, Wedding Night
2004: Alia Mamdouh, The Loved Ones
2003: Khairy Shalaby, The Lodging House
2002: Bensalem Himmich, The Polymath
2001: Somaya Ramadan, Leaves of Narcissus
2000: Hoda Barakat, The Tiller of Waters
1999: Edwar al-Kharrat, Rama and the Dragon
1998: Ahlam Mosteghanemi, Memory in the Flesh
1997: Mourid Barghouti, I Saw Ramallah; and Yusuf Idris, City of Love and Ashes
1996: Ibrahim Abdel Meguid, The Other Place; and Latifa al-Zayyat, The Open Door 

Tahrir Bookstore

Location: AUC Tahrir Square Campus, off Tahrir Square, entrance from the corner of Kasr El Aini Street and Sheikh Rihan Street, Cairo
(Valid photo ID required)
Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm daily; closed Friday
Phone: (20 2) 2797 5929
The Tahrir Bookstore offers a complete selection of AUC Press publications, as well as a wide range of English-language books.

Official Partner Bookstore in Zamalek

Diwan Bookstore
Location: 159, 26th July St., Zamalek, Cairo
Hours: 9:00 am – 11:30 pm
Phone: (20) (0)122 2407 084; (20) (0)100 0775 760
Email: [email protected]

New Cairo Campus Shop

Location: AUC New Cairo Campus, Campus Center, beside Food Court
Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; closed Friday & Saturday
Phone: (20 2) 2615 1305

The AUC New Cairo Campus Shop carries all AUC Press titles and offers school and office supplies, postcards, gift stationery, gift books, and guides. It also sells all assigned AUC textbooks, student stationery, AUC-branded gifts, and AUC sportswear.

Partner Bookstore Aboudi Bookstore

Location: 28 Luxor Temple Street, behind Luxor Temple, Luxor
Hours: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm daily
Phone: (20 9) 5237 2390
Email: [email protected]

Founded in 1909, Aboudi Bookstore offers the largest selection of Egyptology books in Upper Egypt, including AUC Press titles in different languages.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Bookshop

Location: Chatby, Alexandria 21526, Alexandria
Hours: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Sunday through Thursday; closed Friday and Saturday
Phone: (20 3) 4839 999 Ext:1562
Fax: (20 3) 4820 476
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.bibalex.org

The BA Bookshop provides a wide variety of products, Egyptian handicrafts, and books from well-known national and international publishers, including AUC Press, targeting both Egyptians and non-Egyptians, and focusing on promoting the Library, Alexandria, and Egypt.