'Abd al-'Azim 'Anis

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'Abd al-'Azim 'Anis (1923–2009) (Arabic: عبد العظيم انيس) was a leading Egyptian cultural critic and Marxist involved with the Communist Party of Egypt.[1][2][3] He was detained in Egyptian prisons from the early 1960s due to his political activities.[4] 'Anis called for "unity of all the nationalist and progressive forces including, naturally, the Arab communists."[4]

His publications included essays and letters written in prison.[2] He co-authored Fi al-Thaqafa al-Misriyya (On Egyptian Culture), first published in 1955, with Mahmoud Amin al-'Alim.[1]


  1. ^ a b Hourani, Albert (1991). A History of the Arab Peoples. Cambridge, MA: Belnap Press of Harvard University Press.
  2. ^ a b Fathi, Ibrahim. "The political autobiography of 'Abd al-'Azim Anis." Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, no. 22, annual 2002, p. 212.
  3. ^ عمرواني, فاروق (1995). النقد والايديولوجيا : بحث في تأثير الواقعية الاشتراكية في النقد العربي الحديث من خلال اعمال محمد مندور ومحمود امين العالم وعبد العظيم انيس وحسين مروة (in Arabic). Tunis: Kullīyat al-ʻUlūm al-Insānīyah wa-al-Ijtimāʻīyah.
  4. ^ a b Beinin, Joel (1987). "The Communist Movement and Nationalist Political Discourse in Nasirist Egypt". Middle East Journal. 41 (4): 568–584. ISSN 0026-3141.