Cairo University alumni

Notable alumni and attendees of Cairo University are listed here, first by decade of their graduation (or last attendance) and then alphabetically.

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  • Taha Hussein (1889-1973) was born in Izbit il-Kilo, Egypt. In 1914 he became the first person to graduate from Cairo University. Later he was the first Egyptian Dean of the Faculty of the Arts there and the first Egyptian to be nominated for a Nobel Prize in literature. He was also Minister of Education. He was blind from early childhood. Source: Hussein, Taha, The Days: His Autobiography in Three Parts, American University in Cairo Press; 2nd edition (October 1997).


  • Philosopher and writer Abdurrahman Badawi was born in Sharabas a village in Dakahlia Governorate (Now in Damietta Governorate), He graduated from the Faculty of Arts at Cairo University in 1938. He earned his PhD in 1944 at the age of 27, Taha Hussein said:"Today we see the birth of the first Egyptian Philosopher" he became a Professor of philosophy at Cairo University then went to Ain Shams University in 1951. He also taught at Kuwait University. He wrote over 150 books, he passed away on July 25, 2002.
  • Writer and philosopher Naguib Mahfouz was born in the Gamaliyya district of Cairo in 1911. He graduated from Cairo University in 1934. He has published more than fifty books of fiction, many of which have been translated and published in English. The film Cairo 1930 was based on his novel al-Qahira al-jadida. In 1988 he won the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • Zaki Naguib Mahmoud was a "Philosopher of Authors & Author of Philosophers" He was an associate of philosopher Bertrand Russell and John Eyre. He graduated from the Faculty of Arts at Cairo University in 1930. He earned his PhD in England, then returned to Egypt and became a Professor of philosophy at his alma mater. He also taught at Kuwait University and wrote for Al-Ahram newspaper. He wrote many books, including The Philosophy of Science (1952), The Reasonable and the Absurd in our Intellectual Heritage (1975), and Seeds and Roots (1990).
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  • Anti-war demonstrator and Cairo University student Nourhan Thabit was allegedly kicked by police who arrested her while she was pregnant and protesting in March 2003. During this time many students were arrested and taken to Giza State Security Intelligence Headquarters, where some were allegedly tortured.


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