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country of citizenship: Egypt
language of expression: Arabic, French, Latin
educated at: Faculty of Arts of Paris, University of Montpellier, Cairo University, Al-Azhar University
occupation: linguist, historian, translator, writer, literary critic, university teacher, politician, literary scholar
award received: Grand Cross of the Civil Order of Alfonso X the Wise, Grand Cordon of the Order of the Nile, Order of Merit, Grand Cordon of the National Order of the Cedar, Order of Civil Merit (Syria), Order of the Republic, United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights, honorary doctor of the University of Madrid Complutense, honorary doctor of the University of Palermo
position held: Minister of Education
Taha Hussein (Egyptian Arabic: [ˈtˤɑːhɑ ħ(e)ˈseːn], Arabic: طه حسين; November 15, 1889 – October 28, 1973) was one of the most influential 20th-century Egyptian writers and intellectuals, and a figurehead for the Egyptian Renaissance and the modernist movement in the Middle East and North Africa. His sobriquet was "The Dean of Arabic Literature" (Arabic: عميد الأدب العربي).
He was nominated for a Nobel prize in literature fourteen times.
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