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was born in Alexandria in 1944 into a family from the Nubian region of south Egypt. He was a construction worker on the Aswan High Dam, later serving in he Egyptian armed forces during October 1973. He began writing at the age of forty, and has written short stories, novels, and plays. Nights of Musk, published in English translation by AUC Press, Cairo, and excerpted in Banipal, was awarded the State Prize for Short Stories in 1990.