The Cairo Trilogy: An Existential Reading in Three Generations of this Novel

Ali Dakhil Naem, Lajiman Bin Janoory

Abstract


The researcher in this paper elaborates the writings of Naguib Mahfouz from an existential perspective in Cairo Trilogy. Mahfouz concludes that western scholars and politicians conceal the realities of daily life in Egypt, which Mahfouz reveals. In Mahfouz’s Cairo Trilogy, one can find an openness and acceptance in Egyptian society for other faiths and cultures. The researcher will illustrate how there is an important acceptance of internal existential and religious struggles amongst individuals in the society during this novel. The researcher focuses on the character and the inner psychological conflicts in these characters. It seems that this is an important aspect of Egyptian identity. The idea that Egyptians or Muslims are struggling mainly with the West is contradictory to Mahfouz’s characterizations. He asserts that Egyptians have their own internal struggles because of the diversity of their ideologies.


Keywords


existential; Egyptian society; identity

Full Text:

PDF

References


Beard. M &Haydar. A. (1993), eds., Naguib Mahfouz: From Regional Fame to Global

Recognition, 1st ed. Mohamed El-Hindi Series on Arab and Islamic Civilization,

Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, p.35.

El-Enany, R. (1993) Naguib Mahfouz: The Pursuit of Meaning, London; New York:

Routledge, p.81.

Jomier. J, (1959). Thulathiyyat Naguib Mahfouz. Translated from the French by Dr. Nazmil Luqa. Cairo: Maktabat Misr.p.26

Mahfouz. N, (1989). Palace Walk: Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press. p.240.

Mahfouz. N. (1990). Palace Walk. USA, New York: Anchor Books.p.43,44,128,239.

Mahfouz, N. (2001). Naguib Mahfouz at Sidi Gaber: Reflections of a Nobel laureate, 1994-2001: from Conversations with Mohamed Salmawy. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press; Chichester: Wiley.p.108.

Quran, Al-Ankabut: p.864.

Sakkut.H.(1971). The Egyptian Novel and its main Trends 1913-1952.Egypt, Cairo: American University in Cairo Press.p.28

Shukri. G. (1995). Dirasa fi AdabNaguib Mahfouz. Egypt, Cairo: Dar al-Ma'arif. p.63

Tilak. R, (1995). Virginia Woolf to the Light House: A critical study. India, New Delhi: Rama Brothers India Pvt. Ltd.p.6




DOI: https://doi.org/10.33258/birle.v3i1.747

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.