Al Arabiya English to examine King Farouk’s forgotten memoirs


Al Arabiya English to examine King Farouk’s forgotten memoirs

24 January 2014

They say “history repeats itself”, I must say it “tends to”.

In line with the third anniversary of Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow in Egypt, Al Arabiya English will be launching a series of analysis pieces based on the long-forgotten memoirs of one of the country’s former known leaders – King Farouk.

It is important to note that these two men were ousted from power six decades apart, with Mubarak’s downfall documented in great detail online and via social media, Farouk’s, on the other hand, have either been forgotten or ignored to date.

Al Arabiya English will examine and aim to elaborate on the different events surrounding the former king’s overthrow – his family life, scandals, his wealth and his much-maligned legacy.

My dear colleague Paul Crompton, who has personally contacted King Farouk’s surviving descendants and a few experts on the king’s life, said, “King Farouk’s memoirs are refreshing because they give the reader the chance to read his rather tragic side of the story.”

The first installment of the series will be published tomorrow, January 25, 2014.

To view the entire seven-part series, visit the King Farouk: The Forgotten Memoirs homepage.