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Imtithal Fawzy: The Murder of a Beautiful Dancer


Translated by Priscilla Adum





Note from the translator: Imtithal Fawzy was an Egyptian dancer and co-owner of a nightclub in Cairo. She was murdered in 1936 for not paying a group of thugs for "protection". Here's a translation of a short article that appeared in the publication Al Lataif Al Musawara dated Monday, June 1, 1936 about the very beautiful Imtithal, including pictures.

Imtithal Fawzy



The Murder of a Beautiful Innocent Dancer

Cairo was frightened by the murder of dancer Imtithal Fawzy at the Casino El Bosphore. It happened in front of an audience whose number exceeded 400, and in front of her mother. This incident occurred in the casino which is close to the Azbakeya Police Station. The motive was that a criminal group wanted 4 pounds per month from the Casino Bosphore which was managed by Mary Mansour and Imtithal Fawzy, but Imtithal refused to pay this money.

On one occasion, one of the members of the criminal group hit Imtithal on the forehead, so she went to the Azbekiya police station and filed a complaint. On the day of her murder, a man called her mother on the telephone and told her to tell her daughter that she must pay the money or they would kill her. The mother went to the police station and asked for protection, but the police refused.

On the day of the crime, the group of criminals agreed to kill Imtithal Fawzy. They sent Hussein Ibrahim to kill her. This criminal sat at a table that faced the table where Imtithal's mother was sitting. As soon as Imtithal walked past him, he stabbed her in the neck with the end of a [broken] bottle. The prime minister asked the police for a report about this subject [about this type of crime] so he could take strong measures against these criminal groups that have become widespread throughout the country. We hope that this crime will have made the government wake up from its sleep and that they take the necessary measures to make people feel safe from these criminal groups.

About the Photos

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Left Center: Hussein Ibrahim, the killer

Bottom Left: The caption says, "The last known photograph of Imtithal Fawzy."

Bottom Right: The caption is too blurry and illegible to make out. 

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About the Translator

Priscilla is a dancer of Lebanese heritage who enjoys researching the Golden Era of Egyptian dance. She owns a collection of more than one hundred classic black and white Egyptian films which is continually expanding.

Priscilla has also gathered a large library of dance related articles and clippings from Middle Eastern magazines and newspapers, many of which she has translated from the original Arabic to both English and Spanish.

Priscilla currently resides in Central America where she is a dance instructor. 




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