Youssef Ziedan

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Youssef Ziedan was born in upper Egypt in 1958 and at the age of 8 moved to Alexandria, where he later entered the university to study philosophy. His academic work has been focused on Sufism and other branches of Islamic philosophy, with a particular interest in manuscript studies. He is director of the Manuscript Center and Museum affiliated to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

He is the author of two novels, Zil al Af'a and Azazel (Beelzebub), which won the 2009 "Arabic Booker," and over fifty works of philosophy, history of medicine and information science, as well as a volume of literary criticism.

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