Critical Readings in Najeeb Mahfouz’s The Cairo Trilogy: A Masterpiece of Arabic Literature

  • Suadah Jasim Salih Alqaisi


This research article explores the literary masterpiece of Egyptian author Najeeb Mahfouz, with a special focus on his renowned Cairo Trilogy. The aims of the research are to examine the artistic merits and cultural significance of Mahfouz's work within the realm of English literature. The objectives include analyzing the thematic elements, character development, and narrative structure employed by Mahfouz in the Cairo Trilogy. To achieve these aims and objectives, a comprehensive analysis of Mahfouz's trilogy was conducted, incorporating literary criticism, historical context, and textual analysis. Primary and secondary sources were consulted to gather relevant information and insights. The results of the research reveal the remarkable depth and richness of Mahfouz's writing, demonstrating his mastery of storytelling and his ability to capture the social, political, and cultural complexities of the 20th-century Egypt. The thematic exploration of love, family, tradition, and societal change resonates strongly with readers across cultures and time periods. In conclusion, Najeeb Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy stands as an exceptional work of Arabic literature, blending captivating storytelling with profound insights into human nature and the challenges of societal transformation. The analysis of this masterpiece contributes to a deeper understanding of Mahfouz's impact as a literary figure and highlights the enduring relevance of his literature in the global literary canon.


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How to Cite
SALIH ALQAISI, Suadah Jasim. Critical Readings in Najeeb Mahfouz’s The Cairo Trilogy: A Masterpiece of Arabic Literature. Asian Journal of Research in Education and Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, p. 142-149, june 2024. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 26 july 2024.
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