Acclaimed Egyptian novelist and educator Radwa Ashour died on 30 November 2014 in Cairo after a long battle with cancer. She was 68.
• Born in Cairo in 1946, Ashour obtained her Ph.D. in African-American literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
• She chronicled her fight against cancer in her novel Heavier than Radwa which was set against the turbulent days of Egypt's revolution.
• She wrote more than fifteen books, the best-known of which is the Granada trilogy, which chronicles the rise and fall of Arab civilization in Spain.
• Ashour won multiple awards including the Constantine Cavafy Prize for Literature in 2007 and the Owais Prize in 2011.