Naguib Mahfouz was born in the medieval Fatimid, quarter of Cairo, on 11 Decmber 1911. He was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. Many of his works have been made into Egyptian and foreign films. Mahfouz remained a bachelor until age 43, because he believed that with its numerous restrictions and limitations, marriage would hamper his literary future. However, in 1954, he quietly married a Coptic Orthodox woman from Alexandria, with whom he had two daughters. He died on 30 August 2006, at the age of 94, in Cairo.