Al-Hakim, Tawfiq

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al-Hakim, Tawfiq Gender: M
born on 9 October 1898 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )
Place Alexandria, Egypt, 31n12, 29e54
Timezone LMT m29e54 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 15°48' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 00°13 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 19°24'


Egyptian writer.

He is one of the pioneers of the Arabic novel and drama. He was the son of a wealthy Egyptian judge and a Turkish mother. The triumphs and failures that are represented by the reception of his enormous output of plays are emblematic of the issues that have confronted the Egyptian drama genre as it has endeavored to adapt its complex modes of communication to Egyptian society.

Hakim was viewed as something of a misogynist in his younger years, having written a few misogynistic articles and remaining a bachelor for an unusually long period of time; he was given the epithet, "Enemy of woman." However, he eventually married and had two children, a son and a daughter. He died on July 26, 1987.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "The Prison of Life: An Autobiography" by Tawfiq Hakim (American University in Cairo Press, 1992), p. 4: "my mother [went] back to her home town of Alexandria, where there were ample health facilities, to give birth to me. So it was in that port, in the quarter known as Muharram Bey, in her elder sister's house, that I came into this life. The sister's husband wrote him a letter which reads, word for word: 'We sent you a telegram today giving you the good news of your son's happy arrival. . . . The midwife arrived at three and began her work, and at four our good friend was safely delivered. I saw him this morning, and found him to be like his father -- except that he has no mustache!'"


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