The body of late influential Egyptian writer and thinker, Anouar Abdel-Malek, is due to arrive in Cairo Wednesday evening from Paris, in order to be buried in the academic’s homeland as expressed in his will.
The coffin, which is being transported via national airline Egypt Air, will be received by his relatives, in preparation for the funeral and the burial ceremony this week.
Saber Arab, minister of culture in Egypt’s now-caretaker Cabinet, said to Ahram Online Wednesday that the burial ceremony will take place on Thursday, 28 June at Mary Virgin Church, Marashly Street in Zamalek, central Cairo.
Abdel-Malek passed away in a Paris hospital on Friday, 15 June at 88 years old.
He was born in 1924 in Cairo, received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1954 from Ain Shams University and his PhD from the Sorbonne in France.
His academic career began with a professorship at the National Research Centre in France. He later became head of research in 1970 and is known for his devotion to pan-Arabism.