Naguib Mahfouz

1911 - 2006

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Naguib Mahfouz (Arabic: نجيب محفوظ‎, romanized: Najīb Maḥfūẓ, IPA: [næˈɡiːb mɑħˈfuːzˤ]; 11 December 1911 – 30 August 2006) was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. He is regarded as one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature, along with Taha Hussein, to explore themes of existentialism. He published 34 novels, over 350 short stories, dozens of movie scripts, hundreds of op-ed columns for Egyptian newspapers, and five plays over a 70-year career. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Naguib Mahfouz has received more than 887,372 page views. His biography is available in 128 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 125 in 2019). Naguib Mahfouz is the 179th most popular writer (up from 196th in 2019), the 41st most popular biography from Egypt (up from 44th in 2019) and the most popular Egyptian Writer.

Naguib Mahfouz is most famous for his novel, The Cairo Trilogy. This trilogy consists of Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, and Sugar Street.

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Among writers, Naguib Mahfouz ranks 179 out of 5,794Before him are Geoffrey Chaucer, François-René de Chateaubriand, Dale Carnegie, Constantine VII, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Terence. After him are John Milton, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, John the Evangelist, Diogenes Laërtius, Khalil Gibran, and Georges Simenon.

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Among people born in 1911, Naguib Mahfouz ranks 5Before him are Ronald Reagan, Baba Vanga, Josef Mengele, and Konstantin Chernenko. After him are Georges Pompidou, Juan Manuel Fangio, Emil Cioran, Nino Rota, Władysław Szpilman, Võ Nguyên Giáp, and William Golding. Among people deceased in 2006, Naguib Mahfouz ranks 7Before him are Saddam Hussein, Augusto Pinochet, Ferenc Puskás, Slobodan Milošević, Gerald Ford, and Milton Friedman. After him are James Brown, Stanisław Lem, Saparmurat Niyazov, Heinrich Harrer, Desmond Doss, and Philippe Noiret.

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In Egypt

Among people born in Egypt, Naguib Mahfouz ranks 41 out of 520Before him are Athanasius of Alexandria (295), Demis Roussos (1946), Philo (-15), Baibars (1223), Cyril of Alexandria (376), and Ay (-1380). After him are Hagar (-1800), Menkaure (-2001), Thutmose I (-1600), Dalida (1933), Ramesses III (-1217), and Sneferu (-2700).

Among WRITERS In Egypt

Among writers born in Egypt, Naguib Mahfouz ranks 1After him are Appian (95), Constantine P. Cavafy (1863), Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876), Apollonius of Rhodes (-295), Lactantius (250), Sayyid Qutb (1906), Athenaeus (200), Claudian (370), Pope Dionysius of Alexandria (190), Nonnus (500), and Taha Hussein (1889).