Taha Hussein

1889 - 1973

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Taha Hussein (Egyptian Arabic: [ˈtˤɑːhɑ ħ(e)ˈseːn], Arabic: طه حسين; November 15, 1889 – October 28, 1973) was one of the most influential 20th-century Egyptian writers and intellectuals, and a figurehead for the Arab Renaissance and the modernist movement in the Arab world. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Taha Hussein has received more than 637,087 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Taha Hussein is the 748th most popular writer (up from 940th in 2019), the 152nd most popular biography from Egypt (up from 172nd in 2019) and the 11th most popular Egyptian Writer.

Taha Hussein is best known for his autobiographical work, The Days, which tells the story of his life from his birth in 1883 to his death in 1973.

Memorability Metrics

  • 640k

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  • 63.75

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 42

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.05

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.97

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Le livre des jours
Future of Culture in Egypt
The Sufferers
An Egyptian Childhood
An Egyptian Childhood (Modern Arabic Writing)
Biography & Autobiography
The author recounts his experiences growing up in a small village in Upper Egypt, coming to terms with his blindness, and qualifying for study at al-Azhar University in Cairo
La traversée intérieure

Page views of Taha Husseins by language

Over the past year Taha Hussein has had the most page views in the with 295,745 views, followed by English (77,673), and Egyptian Arabic (55,947). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Western Punjabi (716.30%), Eastern Punjabi (479.12%), and (125.44%)


Among writers, Taha Hussein ranks 748 out of 7,302Before him are Berossus, Edmond de Goncourt, Theognis of Megara, A. J. Cronin, Felix Salten, and Sven Hassel. After him are Aelius Donatus, Christa Wolf, Clemens Brentano, Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle, and Ulrich von Hutten.

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Among people born in 1889, Taha Hussein ranks 30Before him are Risto Ryti, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Zalman Shazar, Pitirim Sorokin, Vasily Blyukher, and Mercédès Jellinek. After him are Victor Fleming, Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, Hans-Jürgen von Arnim, Edgar Adrian, Walter Lippmann, and Abel Gance. Among people deceased in 1973, Taha Hussein ranks 42Before him are Luis Carrero Blanco, Walter Rudolf Hess, Gerard Kuiper, Jean-Pierre Melville, Amílcar Cabral, and François Cevert. After him are A. S. Neill, Lex Barker, Dickinson W. Richards, Ingeborg Bachmann, W. H. Auden, and Edward G. Robinson.

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In Egypt

Among people born in Egypt, Taha Hussein ranks 152 out of 642Before him are Senenmut (-1600), Intef I (-2200), Nawal El Saadawi (1931), Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria (1923), Abdul Basit 'Abd us-Samad (1927), and Apries (-650). After him are Theophylact Simocatta (580), Ptolemy X Alexander I (-140), Arsinoe IV of Egypt (-68), Pope Dionysius of Alexandria (190), Ptolemy Keraunos (-318), and Georges Moustaki (1934).

Among WRITERS In Egypt

Among writers born in Egypt, Taha Hussein ranks 11Before him are Apollonius of Rhodes (-295), Lactantius (250), Constantine P. Cavafy (1863), Athenaeus (200), Claudian (370), and Nonnus (500). After him are Pope Dionysius of Alexandria (190), Dionysius Thrax (-170), Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888), Muhammad Sayyid Tantawy (1928), Achilles Tatius (200), and Ahmed Shawqi (1868).