24 July 2007
Michele Ernsting talks to leading Arab intellectual Fouad Ajami (Director of Middle Eastern Studies, Johns Hopkins University) about "The Cairo Trilogy," one of the most important works of literature by Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz. Mafouz, who died August 30, 2006, is the only Arab to have received the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was a dissident, who suffered a serious stabbing by Islamic extremists in 1994. He was considered to be one of the most influential Arab writers of the 20th century. To learn more about Mahfouz, here are links to his obits: BBC World Service, Guardian and New York Times.