Time Will Be the Judge: Tawfiq al-Hakim, Taha Husayn, and the Competing Factions of 1930s Egypt, with Adam Spanos (Assis
Part of the Middle East Studies Fall Lecture Series
Monday, September 27, 2021
During the 1930s, Egyptians competed to define the appropriate historical framework in which to situate the country’s identity. As the terms of the argument hardened, the historical narratives underpinning these national constructions took on mythological characteristics that rendered them unavailable to critical scrutiny. Tawfiq al-Hakim and his ally and friend Taha Husayn responded to this perceived impasse in a series of texts that sought to shift the terms of debate.