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was born on 14 October 1964 and graduated from the Faculty of Letters, Cairo University in 1986. He is editor of the First Book series at the Supreme Council for Culture. Since 1989 he has published three collections of short stories and two novels. In 2000 he was awarded the UAE prize for the best short story collection, and in 2002 won the Egyptian State Incentive Award for Creative Writing for his collection Shakhs Ghair Maqsood [The Unintended Person]. Some of his stories have been translated in several European languages.