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Prominent Egyptian thinker El-Sayed Yassin dies at 84

Ahram Online , Sunday 19 Mar 2017
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Egyptian writer and intellectual El-Sayed Yassin passed away on Sunday at the age of 84.

Yassin, whose funeral will be held Sunday afternoon in 6 October City, was admitted to the ICU in February where he remained until his death, according to his son Amr.

Yassin is considered one of the most prominent and influential writers on Egyptian politics in the years prior the 2011 revolution.

Born in 1933 in Alexandria, Yassin earned a law degree from Alexandria University in 1957 and pursued postgraduate studies at French universities.

The sociologist was director of the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies from 1975 to 1995 and was a researcher at the National Research Centre.

Most recently, he served as the director of the Arab Center for Research and Study, conducting extensive research in the fields of sociology and philosophy.

Yassin penned hundreds of articles, op-eds and books covering a range of topics including politics, political sociology, and criminology.

Yassin received a number of awards over the course of his career, including the State Award and Nile Prize in sociology.

He published a number of books, including one as late as 2011 titled Afaq Al-Maarifa Fi Asr Al-Awlama (Horizons of Knowledge in the Age of Globalisation).

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