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Zaabalawi by Nagiub Mahfouz On the surface Zaabalawi by Nagiub Mahfouz is a classic story By looking deeper one finds strong religious and social undertones The main religious themes in the story appear through the characters of Zaabalawi and the Narrator The social themes are approached through Sheikh Quamar the District Officer Hassanein and Sheikh Gad Mahfouz partially uses these characters as an example of the effects that reason technology and big business have on an individual he also uses them to demonstrate the close relationship between art human sympathy and spiritual value Mack These themes are common in many of Mafouzs works The mosaic-like depiction of urban reality in his novels reflects from time to time a spiritual light that issues from his own religious discipline DEvelyn 1 Zaabalawi reflects the spiritual need present in daily life This short story tells the tale of a common man who has decided to seek out a mystical solution to his affliction I became afflicted with that illness for which no one possesses a remedy This implies that the narrators affliction is a common one however no person has been able to physically obtain the cure suggesting a spiritual malady Through the story we follow the narrator on his quest to find a cure He has attempted to find it through commonly accepted means but has been unable to Somewhat disenchanted with the idea of finding a cure he half-heartedly seeks out Zaabalawi a man whom is the subject of local legend While in his search to find this saint the narrator is brought into contact with many acquaintances of Zaabalawi Each of them has a significant role in Mahfouzs statement The first man that the protagonist meets is Sheikh Quamar a prominent lawyer in Cairo Quamar has almost forgotten Zaabalawi and offers little help tThe languor became firmly entrenched in his eyes and it would have come as no surprise if
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