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HUSAYN, TAHA (1889-1971), Egyptian novelist, critic, and modernist reformer. His two Arabic nicknames summarize this famed writer's life. One, `Amid al-Adab al-'Arabs (dean of Arabic literature), signals his pivotal role as one of the towering figures of Arabic letters in the twentieth century. The other, Qahir alZalam" (Conqueror of Darkness), alludes to his blindness, a handicap that gives his story a heroic cast. Taha Husayn was born in `Izbat al-Kiln, a small village inUpper Egypt, to a l ...more

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