Fardeqan – the Detention of the Great Sheikh

Youssef Ziedan

The novel depicts the life of Avicenna, or “the Great Sheikh”, the Muslim polymath whose work has had a profound influence for the last thousand years. It takes the reader on a thrilling journey from Avicenna’s birthplace in a village near the ancient Uzbek city of Bukhara, until his death in Persia after an eventful life. Although he became a vizier twice, Avicenna was detained in the remote fortress of Fardeqan, where he wrote some of his philosophical works.    


Dar al-Shorouk


2020 Shortlist