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Tawfiq al-Hakim: A Reader's Guide

William Maynard Hutchins
Tawfiq al-Hakim: A Reader's Guide
ISBN: 978-0-89410-885-3
2003/270 pages/LC: 20020368825

"Hutchins's thorough knowledge and undoubted passion for his subject succeed in making accessible to Western readers a writer who deserves recognition beyond the small sanctum of Arabs and Arabists."—Farida Abu-Haidar, Research in African Literatures

"A valuable tool for research and teaching at all levels. Highly recommended. All levels."—Choice


Tawfiq al-Hakim (1898-1987) dedicated much of his long life to a fruitful attempt to advance the fortunes of twentieth century Arabic literature by writing it. This guide to his work provides paths for readers through his multiple literary worlds. Chapters on his personal history, his novels, plays, short stories, and essays, his Islamic feminism, and his theology are enhanced by a discussion of reactions in the Arab world to his writing. The book also includes plot summaries, a chronology of al-Hakim's life, and a comprehensive annotated bibliography.


William Maynard Hutchins is known for his translations of Tawfiq al-Hakim's Return of the Spirit, In the Tavern of Life and Other Stories, and Plays, Prefaces, and Postscripts, as well as Naguib Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy. He is professor of Islamic studies at Appalachian State University.


  • Chronology.
  • Tawfiq al-Hakim's "Lives."
  • Novels of Everyday Life.
  • Novels of the Mind.
  • Plays of Everyday Life.
  • Plays of the Mind.
  • Short Stories.
  • Essays.
  • Arab Perspectives on Tawfiq al-Hakim.
  • Al-Hakim's Islamic Feminism.
  • Al-Hakim's Theology.
  • Annotated Bibliography of Tawfiq al-Hakim's Works.
  • Selected Bibliography.
  • Index.