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The Meaning of Civilization

(Hardcover Edition)
by Naguib Mahfouz
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When Naguib Mahfouz started working as a journalist in 1971, his global recognition as the central figure of Arab literature and Nobel Prize were nowhere on the horizon. Anwar Sadat, too, was just beginning his hugely transformative Egyptian presidency, which would span eleven years.

The Meaning of Civilisation is a collection of essays that captures one of Egypt’s most important decades in the prose of one of the Middle East’s most important writers. It stitches together a fascinating account of the dramatic events of the time, from Egypt’s break with the Soviet Union, to the Yom Kippur War, with Israel and eventual peace accord, and up to Sadat’s assassination in 1981. Through this tumultuous history, Mahfouz takes on a diverse array of political topics—including socioeconomic stratification, democracy and dictatorship, and Islam and extremism—which are still of crucial relevance to Egypt and the world today. Clear-eyed and direct, the essays illuminate Mahfouz’s personal and political convictions, enriching his fiction with social, political, and ideological context.

This collection is a rare treasure, the story of tremendous social and political change in the Middle East, told by one of its most iconic authors.


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Publisher: Speaking Tiger
Language: English
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9789386702234

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