Preludi della primavera araba nelle opere di Maḥfūẓ
(Preludes to the Arab Spring in the works of Maḥfūẓ)
in La rivista di Arablit, a. II, n. 3, giugno 2012, pp. 89-94.
Through the analysis of Naǧīb Maḥfūẓ’s al-Ṯulāṯiyyah published in the 1950s, this article tries to draw a parallel between middle class Egyptians of the author’s generation – depicted with their swinging relationships with power during a precise phase of transition for Egypt – and those recently taking part in the popular movements that characterized the so-called “Egyptian spring”. The contrasting forms of rebellion adopted by the members of the ʻAbd al Ǧawwād family portrayed in Maḥfūẓ’s masterpiece do, in fact, resemble controversial aspects of the revolt witnessed in Egypt in 2011.