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AUC to dedicate Mahfouz Prize to Egyptian people

Award committee to grant prestigious prize to Egyptian public's 'revolutionary literary creativity'

Sayed Mahmoud Hassan , Sunday 11 Dec 2011
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On the occasion of late Egyptian writer and Nobel Prize ‎winner Naguib Mahfouz’s 100th birthday, the American ‎University in Cairo (AUC) has decided to dedicate this ‎year’s Mahfouz Prize – usually given to the authors of ‎contemporary Arabic-language novels – to the Egyptian ‎people.‎

Given that the centennial coincides with a turning point in ‎Egypt’s ongoing revolution, the Mahfouz Award ‎Committee has decided to give the prestigious prize to ‎what it describes as “the revolutionary literary creativity of ‎the Egyptian people.” ‎

‎“Over the past year, Egyptians have articulated their ‎ownership of space, body and language through a myriad ‎of creative, performative and cultural practices whose ‎semiotics, aesthetics and poetics have not only inspired ‎sister uprisings worldwide but have also created ‎sustaining solidarities throughout the world,” said ‎committee member Samia Mehrez.‎

Notably, AUC’s downtown campus lies adjacent to the ‎flashpoint Mohamed Mahmoud Street, on which more ‎than 40 protesters were killed and thousands injured in ‎violent clashes with security forces last month. AUC ‎reportedly plans to dedicate one wall of its building to a ‎mural commemorating the revolution. ‎

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Mostafa Waly
11-12-2011 06:59pm
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An Appreciated Gesture
Granting the prize of this year to "the revolutionary literary creativity of ‎the Egyptian people.”,is a very smart and deeply appreciated gesture of the AUC. It is the revolutionary youth who filled the iconic TAHRIR square, where the grand historic campus of AUC is located,are the most entitled to a prize glorified by the name of the great Egyptian,NAGUIB MAHFOUZ. Whether knowing it or not, that heroic millions who chanted the dream of their entire People for Freedom, Diginity and Social Justice,they were echoing the genuine passion of an excepetional talent of one of THIS PEOPLE, who kept modestly and relentlessly, revealing the true nature of His People. May his soul rest in peace, and Glory for the Egyptian People's Peaceful Revolution. ‎
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