Dubai: Famous professor of Arabic literature and former Egyptian Minister of Culture Gaber Asfour died on Friday after battling illness. He was 77 years old.
Dr Asfour was admitted to intensive care a few days ago after his condition deteriorated.
Dr Asfour, who is considered one of the foremost Arab cultural critics and personalities, has left an imprint on the Egyptian and Arab cultural scene.
Asfour was professor of Arabic literature at the University of Cairo.
One of the most prominent contemporary pioneers of literature wrote the book “Illumination in the Face of Darkness”.
Several Arab personalities and cultural thinkers have paid tribute to the writer, intellectual, researcher and academician who enriched the Arab cultural landscape for several decades.
“Egyptian and Arab culture has lost one of its strong pillars,” Egyptian Minister of Culture Enas Abdul Dayem said in a statement. She added that the deceased “made important fingerprints in the field of enlightenment and achieved many immortal achievements there,” referring to his leading role in academic research and management of the cultural sites he he undertook.
The Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation paid rich tributes to Asfour who left the world after leaving behind a legacy of books and rich contributions to the Arab cultural scene.
Born on March 25, 1944, Dr Asfour obtained a BA with Honors from the Department of Arabic Language, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University in 1965, and an MA in 1969, and crowned his scientific career. with a doctorate with first honors in 1973.