Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz, Aug. 30 Naguib Mahfouz, the Egyptian novelist who became the first Arab writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988 for his novels depicting Egyptian life in his beloved corner of ancient Cairo, died on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006. He was 94. He was best known for his Cairo Trilogy and became a literary force when he moved beyond traditional novels to realistic descriptions of Egypt's 20th century experience of colonialism and autocracy. Mahfouz's writing on taboo topics often rankled conservatives in Egypt., however. Declared an infidel by Muslim militants because of his portrayal of God, Mahfouz survived a knife attack in 1994 that damaged a nerve and seriously impaired his ability to use his writing hand. "They are trying to extinguish the light of reason and thought. Beware," Mahfouz said after the attack.
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