Picture of Naguib Mahfouz, twentieth century Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian novelist
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Of Fame and Fatwas
On this day in 1911 the Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz was born. Despite a death sentence pronounced against him by Omar Abdul-Rahman, and nearly carried out in 1994, Mahfouz chronicled and questioned Egyptian society throughout his long life. He was given a state funeral when he died in 2006 - at which time Abdul-Rahman was a decade into his life sentence.

 

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