Exploring Egyptian Politics and Prose: The Naguib Mahfouz Trilogy (1874)

Three Fridays: September 7, 21 & October 5, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Price: 
$90.00 (10% off for members)

This is another class in continuing the series on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to explore the fascinating literature from Egypt. We will be reading three defining novels by Naguib Mahfouz (1911–2006) who is the only Arab-Egyptian writer to have been awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1988. He opened the window to Arabic literature for the world readership. Naguib Mahfouz was a superb, insightful observer and commentator on Egyptian society, history, politics and economic affairs. He focused on the psychological impact on Egyptian society by the political and economic changes over a period of five decades.  Mahfouz wrote about taboo social topics as well as the growing decadence of Egypt’s society over the years starting in the Nasser era. By reading the famous Trilogy - Palace Walk, Palace of Desire and Sugar Street; we will travel through Egypt’s history and politics beginning in 1919 (Egyptian revolt against the British colonizers) until 1944, nearly the end of WWII. So please join me on this literary journey to Egypt through the writings of Naguib Mahfouz.

Books:
Palace Walk: ISBN-13: 978-0307947109

Palace of Desire: ISBN-13: 978-0307947116

Sugar Street: ISBN-13: 978-0307947123

Heba F. El-Shazli is an Egyptian-American and an avid lover and reader of literature from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. She is an assistant professor of political science at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Master’s Degree Program at the Center for Democracy and Civil Society. Heba teaches courses on governments and politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Islam and politics, international relations, and the role of civil society and social movements in democratization. She has a Ph.D. in Government and International Affairs from Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs and a Master’s degree from Georgetown University. She was the Director of MENA programs at the Solidarity Center (2004-2011) and the Deputy MENA Regional Director at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) from 2001 until 2004. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (www.cfr.org)

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

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Palace Walk (Cairo Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307947109
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Published: Anchor Books - November 29th, 2011

Palace of Desire (Cairo Trilogy #2) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307947116
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Published: Anchor Books - November 29th, 2011

Sugar Street (Cairo Trilogy #3) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307947123
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Published: Anchor Books - November 29th, 2011