The Wisdom of Naguib Mahfouz

from the Works of the Nobel Laureate

Naguib Mahfouz
Edited by Aleya Serour

With a writing career spanning some seventy years, Naguib Mahfouz is one of the most recognized writers in the world. His study of philosophy at what

English edition
15 December 2011
128 pp.
12.5X20cm
ISBN 9789774164958
For sale worldwide

$19.95

With a writing career spanning some seventy years, Naguib Mahfouz is one of the most recognized writers in the world. His study of philosophy at what is now Cairo University greatly influenced his works, as did his wide readings and his work in the government and in the Cinema Organization. The Wisdom of Naguib Mahfouz, like the earlier Life’s Wisdom, is a unique collection of quotations selected from the great author’s works, offering philosophical insights on themes such as childhood, youth, love, marriage, war, freedom, death, the supernatural, the afterlife, the soul, immortality, and many other subjects that take us through life’s journey.

Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz (1911–2006) was born in the crowded Cairo district of Gamaliya. He wrote nearly 40 novel-length works, plus hundreds of short stories and numerous screenplays. He was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1988. Kay Heikkinen holds a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University, where she first became interested in Arabic history, language, and literature. She has taught medieval history and literature as well as Islamic civilization, and currently teaches Arabic at the University of Chicago.  

Aleya Serour

Aleya Serour was the co-author of the first edition of the AUC Press’s bestselling Cairo Practical Guide in 1975, and the editor of Naguib Mahfouz: Life’s Wisdom from the Works of the Nobel Laureate (AUC Press, 2006). She retired recently after more than thirty years as a key member of the AUC Press team. Mark Linz has been director of the AUC Press from 1983 to 1986 and again since 1995.
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