Next-gen Cairenes rework Naguib Mahfouz’s celebrated titles

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Looking to the past in order to inform the present and inspire the future is something Arabs do pretty well. Mainly because we have so much to remedy in our present, and thus so much to imagine for our future. Naguib Mahfouz sits somewhat liminal between these measures of time because, for so many, he was ahead of his time, and for so many, he still lives on. His words work to document the past, speak to the present, and offer visions of the future for the Arab world. For example, his books have widely been declared feminist and praised for their nuanced depictions of women at the time, vital …

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