Friday December 31, 2021
Jaber Asfour, the former Minister of Culture, passed away this morning, after suffering an emergency health problem, after which he entered intensive care, several days ago.
The former Minister of Culture was exposed to a similar health condition last October, and spent several days in the hospital before leaving it after his health condition stabilized, according to what was stated by Nabil Abdel-Fattah, advisor to the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, through his Facebook page.
It is noteworthy that Dr. Gaber Asfour, the former Egyptian Minister of Culture, “25 March 1944” is a writer, thinker, researcher and academic. He obtained a BA from the Department of Arabic Language at the Faculty of Arts, Cairo University, with an excellent grade with honors (June 1965), and he obtained a master’s degree from the Department of Arabic Language. Faculty of Arts, Cairo University, with grade excellent (July 1969), and received a doctorate from the Department of Arabic Language, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University, with first honors (1973).
Gaber Asfour graduated from the Faculty of Arts at Cairo University in 1965, and was then appointed as a teaching assistant in the Department of Arabic Language in the faculty in 1966, before rising to his scientific positions where he headed the Department of Arabic Language at the Faculty of Arts, Cairo University, and then was appointed Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Culture from January 1999 until March 2007, and in 2011 he was appointed Minister of Culture to succeed the former Minister Farouk Hosni, until he resigned immediately afterwards from his position in the ministry for health reasons, and he took over the Ministry of Culture for the second time in June 2014 until the end of February 2015.
Dr. Jaber Asfour has many important books that he wrote during his scientific career, including: the artistic image in the critical and rhetorical heritage, the concept of poetry, adjacent mirrors, a study book in the criticism of Taha Hussein, revivalism and revivalists, reading critical heritage, enlightenment facing darkness, the plight of enlightenment, and in defense of Enlightenment, and the time of the novel.