With profound sorrow, AUC Press mourns the loss of esteemed Egyptian writer Kamal Ruhayyim (1947–2023).
Born in Egypt in 1947, Kamal Ruhayyim held a PhD in law from Cairo University. He was a prolific author, penning a collection of short stories and numerous novels in Arabic. AUC Press had the privilege to publish three of his works in English translation: Days in the Diaspora (2012), Diary of a Jewish Muslim (2014), and Menorahs and Minarets (2017).
Throughout his career in law enforcement, Ruhayyim resided in both Cairo and Paris, enriching his understanding of diverse cultures.
“The death of longtime AUC Press author Kamal Ruhayyim is felt with great sadness. He was a fine writer, who was best known in English for his unique trilogy that dealt with mixed identities in Egypt,” said Nadine El-Hadi, Senior Acquisitions Editor of Hoopoe Fiction.
During this difficult time, the AUC Press extends its heartfelt condolences to Kamal Ruhayyim’s family and friends. May his literary legacy continue to inspire generations