Mahfouz critically ill

It's been a week that Naguib Mahfouz has been hospitalized, and the latest reports say he is critically ill and no longer taking food. At 95 and after many health complications since he was attacked in 1994, his chances don't look very good. I haven't had a chance to go through much local press coverage of this, but I get the feeling Hizbullah and the embarrassment of Arab leaders has been hogging all the limelight.

Naguib Mahfouz S
Naguib Mahfouz by Youssef Nabil

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,