Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs


Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs


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Muhammad Qutb, 95, an author and scholar, died April 4 in a hospital in Mecca. The brother of Sayyid Qutb, one of the most influential modern Islamist scholars, he was born in a small village in Egypt. After his brother was executed in 1966, Muhammad moved to Saudi Arabia, where he lived the rest of his life. Influenced by his brother's legacy, Qutb was the author of many books on Islamic thought and taught at Umm al-Qura University in Mecca.

Andrew Intamba, 67, Namibia's first ambassador to Egypt, died in Windhoek April 8 after a brief illness. Born in 1947, he was a well-respected diplomat, serving as the director of Namibia's Central Intelligence Service. His appointment in 2008 as his country's first ambassador to Egypt signified a new relationship between the two countries. Intamba served as ambassador until his death.

Ron Pundak, 58, a prominent Israeli journalist and historian, died April 11 in Tel Aviv, where he was born. He is best known for his role in the Oslo I Peace Accords, signed in 1993 by Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat. He graduated from the University of London in 1991 with a Ph.D. degree in history, before founding the Economic Cooperation Foundation and later becoming director of the Peres Center for Peace.

Mohammad Naseem, 90, leader of the Birmingham Central Mosque in England, died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on April 22. Born in India, educated in Pakistan, and a resident of Birmingham, Naseem was well known both for his mosque activities as well as his political involvement with the Islamic Party of Britain and his anti-war activism.

Mohammad-Reza Lotfi, 67, a famous Iranian tar and setar musician, died May 2 in Tehran of cancer. Born in 1947 in Gorgan, Iran, he spent most of his life in Tehran, attending the Persian National Music Conservatory and then the College of Fine Arts at Tehran University. He became known for his work with the Shayda Ensemble and for helping to revive Persian classical music. In 1986 Lotfiimmigrated to the United States, where he lived for two decades.

Ghassan K. Sabbagh, 82, managing editor of the Arabic version of Voice of America (VOA), died May 3 at his home in Reston, VA of complications from a stroke. Sabbagh worked with VOA for more than 47 years, and was a critical part of the success of its Arabic-language broadcast service. …

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