List of Cairo University alumni

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Notable alumni and attendees of Cairo University are listed here, first by decade of their graduation (or last attendance) and then alphabetically.

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Taha Hussein
  • Taha Hussein (1889–1973) was born in Izbit il-Kilo, Egypt. In 1914 he graduated from Cairo University.[1] Later he was the first Egyptian Dean of the Faculty of the Arts there and the first Egyptian to be nominated for a Nobel Prize in literature. He was also Minister of Education. He was blind from early childhood.[2]



  • Yehia Hakki is one of the pioneers of the 20th-century modern literary movement in Egypt. He has experimented with the various literary norms: the short story, the novel, literary criticism, essays, meditations, and literary translation.
Naguib Mahfouz
  • Writer and philosopher Naguib Mahfouz was born in the Gamaliyya district of Cairo in 1911. He graduated from Cairo University in 1934. He has published more than fifty books of fiction, many of which have been translated and published in English. The film Cairo 1930 was based on his novel al-Qahira al-jadida. In 1988 he won the Nobel Prize in Literature.[3]
  • Zaki Naguib Mahmoud was a "Philosopher of Authors & Author of Philosophers".[4] He was an associate of philosopher Bertrand Russell and John Eyre. He graduated from the Faculty of Arts at Cairo University in 1930. He earned his PhD in England, then returned to Egypt and became a Professor of philosophy at his alma mater. He also taught at Kuwait University and wrote for Al-Ahram newspaper. He wrote many books, including The Philosophy of Science (1952), The Reasonable and the Absurd in our Intellectual Heritage (1975), and Seeds and Roots (1990).
  • Sameera Moussa was an Egyptian nuclear scientist. She graduated with a BSc in radiology from Cairo University.



  • Ihsan Abbas (1920-2003) was a Palestinian scholar and literary critic. He earned his BA, MA and PhD degrees from the University of Cairo between 1950 and 1960. Abbas went on to teach at the University of Khartoum and American University of Beirut, in addition to performing research for the University of Jordan after his retirement.
  • Poet Muhammad al-Fayturi was born in Al-Janina, Sudan. He spent his childhood in Alexandria, Egypt. He studied Islamic sciences, philosophy and history at Al-Azhar University in Cairo until 1953. That year, he published his first book of poems, "Songs of Africa." He then attended Cairo University for two years. His other poetry collections include Sunrise and Moonset and Lover from Africa. His work deals with issues of race, class and colonialism and is influenced by Sufi philosophy.[8]
  • Latifa al-Zayyat (1923–1996) was an Egyptian artist and intellectual. She was born in Dumyat and earned her PhD in English literature from Cairo University in 1957. She was head of the English department there from 1976-1983. Her first novel, Al-Bab al-Maftooh (The Open Door) was published in 1960. Later in life she founded and led the Committee for the Defense of National Culture, which spearheaded efforts against the normalization of cultural relations with Israel.[9]
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Saddam Hussein


  • Mahmoud al-Zahar, co founded Hamas alongside Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. He currently serves as foreign minister in the Palestinian National Authority government of Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza. He studied medicine at Cairo University.
  • Ayman al-Zawahiri is a prominent member of the al-Qaeda group, a physician, author, poet, and formerly the head of the militant organization Egyptian Islamic Jihad. He obtained a degree in surgery at Cairo University in 1974 and an advanced medical degree in 1978.[20][21][22]
  • Mohsen Badawi, Chairman of Aracom Systems, was born in Cairo on 10 November 1956. Entrepreneur, political activist and writer, graduated from Cairo University majoring in accounting at the Faculty of Commerce, co-founder of the Egyptian Soviet Chamber of Commerce (1989), the main founder and first Chairman of the Canada Egypt Business Council (2001–2003). He is also the main founder and Chairman of Abdurrahman Badawi Center for Creativity (2008-), a member of the Egyptian Romanian Friendship Association (1988–1991), member of the Arab Scientific Transportation Association (1989-) and a member of the Egyptian International Economic Forum (2003-).
  • Gawdat Bahgat is a professor of political science at the National Defense University, Washington, D.C. and has published numerous articles and books on Persian Gulf and Caspian Sea region, terrorism, and geopolitics.
  • Sameh Fahmi was Egypt's former oil minister. He graduated with a BSc in chemical engineering from Cairo University in 1973.
  • Youssef Boutros Ghali politician and was Egypt’s former minister of finance.
  • Hani Mahfouz Helal was the Egyptian Minister of Higher Education and State Minister for Scientific Research and the former Cultural and Scientific Chancellor in the Egyptian embassy in Paris. Dr. Helal graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University in 1974.
  • Ahmed Nazif was the Egyptian Prime Minister and former Minister for Communications and Information Technology. Prof. Dr. Nazif graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1973 and a master's degree in 1976, from the Communications and Electronics Department, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University.



  • Hussein Bassir is an Egyptian archaeologist and novelist. In 1994, he got his BA in Egyptology from Cairo University. Then he travelled to the United States to get his PhD in Egyptology and Near Eastern Studies from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Ahmed T. Hadidi is a professor of pediatric surgery and plastic surgery at Heidelberg Mannheim University, Germany, and Cairo University. He is the Secretary General of the Pan African Paediatric Surgical Association and the Mediterranean Association of Paediatric Surgeons. He won the Pulvertaft Prize of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand. He earned his M.B. and B. Ch. from Cairo University in 1981. He earned his MSc in General Surgery there in 1985 and his MD in 1993.[27]
  • Essam Heggy is a prominent planetary scientist in the NASA Mars Exploration Program [28] and staff scientist at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris.[29] He graduated from the faculty of sciences at the Cairo University in 1997 and received the PhD degree from Paris VI University in 2002. He received several international awards for his role in contributing to the development low frequency terrestrial and planetary radars for subsurface exploration. He is currently a scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, United States, where he also serves on a number of NASA panels. Heggy has earned a wide reputation among Egyptian youth after his resignation in 2005 from his staff position at the Cairo University to protest against the marginalization of science and youth in the Egyptian society. Rosa al Youssef, the widely distributed magazine in the Arab world, in its annual report in 2006, selected him as one of the top 10 reformists in Egypt.
  • Yassin Saif Shaibany is a specialist in public international law and international Islamic organizations. He earned various law-related degrees from Cairo University, culminating in a PhD in international law in 1997. He is a Professor of International Law at Sana'a University in Yemen. He is a former cultural attaché of Yemen in Egypt and has written on human rights in Yemeni and international law.[30]



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  2. ^ Hussein, Taha, The Days: His Autobiography in Three Parts, American University in Cairo Press; 2nd edition (October 1997).
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  11. ^ Biography – Yasser Arafat – Chairman of the PLO. MidEast Web. Retrieved on 2011-01-30.
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  21. ^ Middle East | Profile: Ayman al-Zawahiri. BBC News (2004-09-27). Retrieved on 2011-01-30.
  22. ^ NBC: Who is Ayman al-Zawahri? – World news – Terrorism – MSNBC (2004-03-25). Retrieved on 2011-01-30.
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  31. ^ "Elhussein Mourad (Cairo University, Cairo) on ResearchGate - Expertise: Molecular Biology". Retrieved 2017-03-19.