Dark Literature in Arabic: Crime, Sci-fi, and Dystopias


Thursday, April 9, 2015, 4:00pm to 6:00pm


CMES, Room 102, 38 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is pleased to present

Ahmed Khalid TowfikAhmed Khalid Towfik
Egyptian novelist, author & poet 

Former professor of medicine at Tanta University, Ahmed Khalid Towfik is the first Arab writer to explore the horror/science fiction genre and the first Arab writer to explore the medical thriller genre. His series Fantasia was a first of its kind; a plot that presents famous literary works to the youth, through an interactive presentation. Fantasia presented young Arab reader to a wide spectrum of topics, from Arthur Conan Doyle and Sikhism, to Dostoevsky and the Cosa Nostra. He is known to have a unique approach to writing, which seems to appeal to both Egyptian and Arab youth, making him a favorite among contemporary authors in the Middle East. Towfik was born in 1962 in the city of Tanta, Egypt. In 1995, he graduate from Tanta University's medical school, and later received a PhD in 1997.

ContactLiz Flanagan
Sponsors: CMES Working Group on Middle East Literature in Transition: New Frontiers in the 21st Century