Yusuf al-Qaradawi was an Egyptian scholar based in Qatar. An important influencer in the Muslim world, Al-Qaradawi is best remembered for his program, Sharia and Life. In addition to authoring over 120 books, Yusuf al-Qaradawi also helped found a website known as IslamOnline. Al-Qaradawi is often counted among the most influential Islamic scholars of his generation.
Tawfīq al-Ḥakīm was an Egyptian visionary and writer. Counted among the pioneers of the Arabic drama and novel, Al-Hakim is credited with inspiring the works of future artistes like Mohammed Fairouz. Tawfīq al-Ḥakīm's novel A Bullet in the Heart was later adapted into a film and stage play.
Abbas Mahmoud al-Aqqad was an Egyptian poet, journalist, and literary critic. He is widely regarded as a polymath as his writings cover a wide range of subjects, such as poetry, criticism, history, philosophy, Islamology, politics, science, biography, and Arabic literature. Apart from writing over 100 books, Abbas Mahmoud al-Aqqad also founded a poetry school called Al-Diwan.
Ahdaf Soueif is an Egyptian cultural and political commentator and novelist. She is best known for her second novel The Map of Love, which has been translated into over 20 languages. The book was also nominated for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. Ahdaf Soueif is also the recipient of the Cavafy Award and Mahmoud Darwish Award.
Tamim al-Barghouti is a Palestinian-Egyptian columnist, poet, and political scientist. Dubbed the poet of Jerusalem, Tamim is best known for his critically acclaimed poem In Jerusalem, which he presented in a television competition show called Prince of Poets in 2007. Tamim al-Barghouti has also worked as a professor at Georgetown University and the Free University of Berlin.
Ahmed Lutfi el-Sayed was an Egyptian nationalist, anti-colonial activist, and intellectual. He is best remembered for his service as the first director of Cairo University. Widely regarded as one of the most important and influential intellectuals and scholars in the history of Egypt, Ahmed Lutfi el-Sayed was also the architect of Egyptian liberalism and secularism.
Gamal al-Ghitani went from being a carpet designer to one of Egypt’s greatest authors. Best known for his novel Zayni Barakat, the author had also been a journalist for Akhbar El Yom. He received the Egyptian National Prize for Literature in 1980. He was also known for his views against Islamic fundamentalism.