Humphrey Davies, In Memoriam

On November 12, 2021, Humphrey Davies, my co-author of Field Guide to the Street Names of Central Cairo, died of complications of pancreatic cancer. Just a few months earlier, we had completed the manuscript for submission to an Arabic publisher of our book. We were discussing a second edition but by August, Humphrey fell seriously ill. All too soon, he passed.

There has been many wonderful eulogies and tributes to Humphrey:

https://arablit.org/humphrey/

https://aucpress.com/news/remember-humphrey-davies-a-towering-figure-in-arabic-translation/

When one creates something new with another, there is a deep and special bond. I will miss our lengthy conversations while researching Cairo street history and all the subtle twists and turns of unraveling complicated stories. The Field Guide was the ultimate treasure hunt and our rewards were excavated, layer by layer, through the sequence and identity of long forgotten names. Our time and effort for this book was a labour of love for Cairo, a city that welcomingly adopted each of us within our own separate circumstances.

Here is a full obituary from the New York Times that sets out the work and life of Humphrey Davies. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/13/books/humphrey-davies-dead.html

6 thoughts on “Humphrey Davies, In Memoriam

  1. He is a good researcher, indeed. A piece is missing in the world of research. He will remain in our memory for his researches. May his soul remain in peace forever. Accept my condolences, Mrs Lababidi.

    • Sallam Murtala. His is missed and has left a void in so many lives and his important work. He was one of the first to translate Arabic into English and he shall be missed. Thank you for the condolences. L.

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