Egypt laureate dies in hospital
Egypt's Nobel Prize-winning writer Naguib Mahfouz has died in hospital in the capital, Cairo, aged 94.
Mahfouz had been in hospital since mid-July after he fell during a midnight stroll and injured his head.
His vibrant, colourful portrayal of capital in hisCairo Trilogy won the 1988 Nobel Prize for literature.He had suffered health problems since being stabbed in the neck in 1994 by an Islamist extremist, angry at his portrayal of God in one of his novels.
After that incident, he was in hospital for seven weeks and suffered nerve damage in his neck, which limited his ability to write and caused his eyesightand hearing to deteriorate.
Naguib Mahfouz's Nobel Prize brought international recognition to a man already regarded in the Middle East as one of its best writers and premier intellectuals.
He has published more than 30 novels, short stories,plays, newspaper columns, essays, travelogues, memoirsand political analyses.