Walad Min al Janna
Adam, a young man from a remote Egyptian province, receives the glad news that he’s won a scholarship to Al-Azhar University.
He is soon under the spell of Colonel Ibrahim who is fixing the new imam’s election. Soon a friend is dead and Adam is betraying his fellow students and helping Ibrahim blackmail his teachers. In this cutthroat environment, Adam looks more and more like a lamb headed to slaughter.
It is an engrossing tale, full of betrayal and chicanery, and it casts the Egyptian political-military complex and the religious hierarchy as riddled with corruption.