Ahmad Lutfi al- Sayyid

(d. 1963)

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(d. 1963)

Writer and editor, scion of landowning Egyptian family. Studied law at King Fuad University (Cairo); served as a prosecutor and edited the first Egyptian law journal. Member of the secret society that became the National Party. Lived in Europe; influenced by Muhammad Abduh (d. 1905). Gained fame by defending the accused in the famous Dinshaway incident (1906). Beginning in 1907, was editor of the liberal newspaper Al-jaridah; later became spokesperson of the Ummah Party. Was a leading early member of the Wafd Party, with ideas that stressed educational reforms and Egyptian patriotism, but then distanced himself from it, abandoned politics, and focused on translations and writing.

Subjects: Islam.

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