“The Cairo Trilogy” by Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz in 1980’s (© WikiCommons/alaraby)

Michele Ernsting talks to leading Arab intellectual Fouad Ajami, the director of Middle Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University, about “The Cairo Trilogy”, one of the world’s most important works of literature by Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz. Mahfouz (1911-2006), the only Arab to have received the Nobel Prize for Literature, was a dissident who suffered a serious stabbing by Islamic extremists in 1994. He was considered to be one of the most influential Arab writer of the 20th century.

Producer: Michele Ernsting

Broadcast: August 31, 2006