Ahmed Zaki obit

Readers may have noticed the large amount of comments on last week's post about the death of the Egyptian actor Ahmed Zaki. The comments were quite touching and are telling of the esteem that many Egyptians had for Zaki.

Cairo magazine has this report on the funeral, which was attended by thousands (including, it is rumored, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak) and an obituary.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.