Before the Throne

Before the Throne

AUC Press

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Naguib Mahfouz

In this extraordinary drama-in-dialogue, Naguib Mahfouz reveals his love for all of EgyptÕs extensive historyÑand his deep knowledge of it. In Before the Throne, he summons nearly sixty of EgyptÕs rulers to the afterlife Court of Osiris, from a king who unified Egypt for the first time, around 3000 BC, to a president assassinated by religious extremists in 1981.
He includes names as familiar as the pharaoh Ramesses II and as obscure as the medieval vizier Qaraqush. Defending their behavior before the divine tribunal, those who acted for the nationÕs good are honored with immortality, but those who failed to protect it leave the gilded hall of eternal justice with a very different verdict.
Full of MahfouzÕs unique insight into his countryÕs timeless qualities, this controversial work skillfully traces five thousand years of EgyptÕs past as it flows into the present, through the mind of its most acclaimed author.

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