For many, he was the greatest Arab novelist of the 20th century. Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz – the only writer in Arabic to have won the Nobel Prize for Literature – has died at the age of 94. Hospitalised for over a month after falling in the street and injuring his head, he suffered a serious of medical complications.
An advocate of moderate Islam, and one of the rare Arab intellectuals to have approved of the 1979 peace deal between Egypt and Israel, he made headlines 12 years ago when he was stabbed in the neck by an Islamist militant, angry at the portrayal of God in his writing. Best known for his Cairo Trilogy, Mahfouz won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988.