Lucien Sciuto

Lucien Sciuto (1868–1947) was a Jewish educator, writer and journalist. Born in Thessaloniki, Ottoman Empire, he worked for various publications in Istanbul and founded a magazine-turned-newspaper L'Aurore which was published in Istanbul and then, in Cairo between 1909 and 1941 with five-year hiatus.

Lucien Sciuto
Died1947 (aged 78–79)
Years active1890s–1930s
Known forfounder of L'Aurore

Early life and educationEdit

Sciuto was born in Thessaloniki in 1868 into a religious family.[1] He attended the Alliance Israélite Universelle school which he left at age 14.[1][2]

Career and activitiesEdit

Sciuto worked for the newspapers in his hometown, including Journal de Salonique and Le Moniteur Oriental.[2] His literary career began in 1884 when he published a poetry book entitled Poèmes misanthropiques.[1] He published another poetry book in French and in 1894 he published another book in Paris in 1894, Paternité.[1] In 1909 he founded a French language newspaper, L'Aurore, in Istanbul which was published there until 1919.[3]

Sciuto left Istanbul due to his problems with local Jewish leaders and settled in Palestine.[4] There he contributed various Hebrew newspapers.[5] In 1924 he began to live in Cairo and relaunched L'Aurore as a weekly magazine.[6] In Cairo he joined the Société d’Études Historiques Juives d’Égypte and published poems in the literary magazine, including n L’Égypte Nouvelle.[2]

Due to financial problems Sciuto left the magazine to his friend, Jacques Maleh, in 1931.[7] Scito died in Alexandria in 1947.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e D. Gershon Lewental (2010). "Sciuto, Lucien". In Norman A. Stillman; Phillip Isaac Ackerman-Lieberman (eds.). Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. Leiden; Boston: Brill. ISBN 9789004176782.
  2. ^ a b c Dario Miccoli (Spring–Summer 2016). "A Fragile Cradle: Writing Jewishness, Nationhood, and Modernity in Cairo, 1920–1940". Jewish Social Studies. 21 (3): 16–17. doi:10.2979/JEWISOCISTUD.21.3.01.
  3. ^ Nesi Altaras (29 March 2020). "L'Aurore Gazetesinin İstanbul'dan Mısır'a Öyküsü". Avlaremoz (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 4 February 2022. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
  4. ^ a b Ovadia Yerushalmi (1 January 2019). "The Newspaper That Put the Jews of Egypt on the World Stage". NLI Newsletter. Archived from the original on 23 December 2021. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
  5. ^ Judith Bronstein (2017). "Zionism, Medieval Culture, and National Discourse". Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome. 62: 132. JSTOR 26787022.
  6. ^ "⁨⁨L'Aurore". The National Library of Israel. Archived from the original on 4 February 2022. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  7. ^ Bat Ye'or (1977). "Zionism in Islamic lands: The case of Egypt" (PDF). Wiener Library Bulletin. XXX (43–44): 21.