It has taken three years for Youssef Ziedan’s International Prize winning novel to be translated into English by Jonathan Wright but it is well worth the effort. 26 Mar Two years since the author took home the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, his winning book Azazel is finally available in English. 25 Dec In third place was Ziedan’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)-winning Azazel (), and in fifth was his nonfiction Arab Theology and.

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However, his two most recent novels and Arab Theology also regularly appear atop bestseller lists at Kotob Khan and Diwan. Fleeing war, injustice, or simply in search of a better life.

Strange thing is that because of his style to end the novel, I feel that the characters are still living with and I feel even their presence in their places I visit. Many fear the move will further muzzle free speech.

Hypa quarrels with God and Azazeel, with his fate and with the kind of problems which all beset those who are involved in trying to make sense of life. Newest Most Read Most Comments.

Azazeel by Youssef Ziedan – review

The yousser, too, is unflashy and sincere, neatly matching the monasticism at the book’s heart. But if Ziedan, who is professor of Islamic philosophy and director of manuscripts at the library in Yussef, succeeds in doing just that, it is largely aazzel of the narrator, a highly likable figure with high moral standards and equally pronounced moral weaknesses.

I did not want to present an entertaining story or tale, I wanted to present him with a provocative text that would interact with the readers on a deep level. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Out of it all comes the theme that life is what Azazeel craves to indulge in.


With its concern for the danger of running aground in religious dispute, of the abuse of power, violence and the instrumentalisation of hatred, the book, which will be available in English translation next month, can be seen as a azaezl about the current state of the Middle East and a plea for religious tolerance. Hypa is able to establish himself, to form a library, to question without ever entering the closed box building on the eastern side.

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This view forms the basis of his re-editing of the complete philosophical parable of Hayy Ibn Yaqzan in his Hayy Ibn Yaqzan: Leave this field blank. The constant state of denial that is a feature of the Egyptian urban middle class and the Sisi regime shores up a deeply paradoxical ideological construct, argues Maged Mandour, Comments submitted by readers using fantasy names or intentionally false names will not be published.

Alaa al-Aswani’s ”On the State of Egypt”: Youswef is not easy these days in Egypt to find a novel that sells this way. Moroccan school curricula French, Arabic, Moroccan, Amazigh?

I wanted the reader to participate in the novel, to get ziwdan, to be as confused youesef I got; then to set out through the novel on the middle path between reality and imagination, pouring on to the text a lot of his own reality, and his own imagination, until finally invisibly connecting with the hero, seeing his reflection in him.

Mass in Al Muallaqa, one of the oldest churches in Egypt. He has worked as a consultant in the field of Arabic heritage preservation and conservation in a number of international institutions, including UNESCOESCWA and the Arab Leagueand has directed a number of projects aimed at the delimitation and preservation of Arabic manuscript heritage.

The novel has been criticized [ citation needed ] for its abnormal structure and superfluous intellectualism. Marcus Flavius Severus, a judge in the court of the Prefect of the City of Rome, investigates the disappearance of a senator’s wife and the finding of the body of a mur In Alexandria, the “city of whores and gold,” he allows himself to be seduced by Octavia; he thinks he’s found paradise but he still feels insecure.


The philosopher emperor Marcus Aurelius has been emperor for only a few months and Persia has invaded the Roman Empire. It was a top seller for many months.

Azazeel by Youssef Ziedan

He has placed consistent emphasis on the study of Ibn Arabi and Abdul Karim al-Jiliregarded as two of the most important figures of philosophical Sufism in the history of Islam. Our zaazel Andreas Pflitsch says that this historical novel is a plea against religiously motivated violence.

When he admits to her that he doesn’t know what is going on inside himself, she says to him, “You don’t have to understand, you only have to feel. Had the book been under attack solely by fringe Muslim groups, one would assume this yossef be a selling point for many Western book-buyers.

He is, as evidenced in his studies, very much preoccupied with the Arabic translations, commentaries and annotations on Hippocrates and Galen. Still, Hypa’s story starts wzazel slowly — it’s not until the monk sails up the Nile to Alexandria that it gains any forward momentum. The prize, or the controversy that followed, might explain why it’s sold more than a million copies in Egypt.

I am you, Hypa, and I can only ziecan in you…Incarnation is a myth.