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Chairman of the National Center for Translation.Since 1992 he has served as Secretary General of the Egyptian High Council of Culture and is a member of the National Council for Women. He is one of the most influential authors and critics in Egypt and has published “Countering Fanaticism”, “Times of the Novel” and “In Defense of the Enlightenment”, among others.
Among his many achievements, he drafted the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989; served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International (1988-1992); represented Bosnia-Herzegovina at the World Court; was Legal Advisor on the Palestinian Declaration of Independence of 1988 and Palestinian Peace Initiative, as well as Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations.
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Novelist, short story writer and journalist , he is one of Egypt's and the Arab world's most accomplished literary figures. El-Ghitani is editor-in-chief of the weekly Akhbar Al-Adab, Egypt's leading literary publication.
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of the finest contemporary Arab novelists. Taher
published his first short story in 1964. After living in Switzerland in the
1980s and 90s, he has recently returned to Egypt and received much literary
acclaim. He received the State Award of Merit in Literature, Egypt's highest
honor for writing, in 1998 and the Italian Giuseppe Acerbi prize for his
novel Aunt Safiyya and the Monastery in 2000.