BEIT EL HEKMA: The Journey of Ibn Fatuma, by Naguib Mahfouz

Beit El Hekma, as usual, introduces one of the Arabic masterpieces. This time it is “The Journey of Ibn Fatuma” by Naguib Mahfouz. It tells the story of Kandil who is seeking truth, justice, and Gaballand to help his country when he returns home. He starts traveling through different countries, political systems, lifestyles, and beliefs. He experiences hard times during this journey as he loses his wife and children and spends 20 years in prison.

The story of Ibn Fatuma is the story of a truth and peace seeker through which Naguib Mahfouz gives us an insight into the deep inner world of the human soul. “What is the truth?” is the question that Mahfouz tries to explore through Kandil’s journey. It is an eternal question that actors have discussed after the play with the audience. The play is adapted by Mohamed Mamdouh.

The cast (in alphabetic order):

Abdalla Ashraf

Abdelrahman Ibrahim

Abdelrahman Mohammed

Ahmed Emara

Ali Mohamed Elbauomy

Amin Shopaky

Esraa Magdy

Esraa Magdy

Hamada Shousha

Hussam Abdelazeez

Moamen Ghanem

Mohamed Saduun

Nancy Elhadedy

Tamer Elgazzar


Ashraf Saleh

Felix Auth

Nasr Hussein

Stage Manager: Abdelrahman Mohamed

Light: Tamer Elgazzar and Mohamed Mahmud

Technical Support: Ramy Ahmed

Direction by the Team of Speech, Poetry & Acting/Core Program