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Khan al-Khalili

Khan al-Khalili tells the story of the Akifs, a middle-class family that has taken refuge in Cairo's historic neighborhood during the Second World War. Through the eyes of Ahmad, the eldest Akif son, Naguib Mahfouz presents a richly textured vision of the Khan al-Khalili. As Ahmad interacts with the people of this market district, a debate emerges that pits old against new, history against modernity, and faith against secularism.

Naguib Mahfouz was born in 1911 in the crowded Cairo district of Gamaliya. He wrote nearly 40 novel-length works, plus hundreds of short stories and numerous screenplays. He was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1988. He died in Cairo on August 30, 2006 at the age of 94.

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