Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Islamist Threats Force Egyptian Writer Hamed Abdel-Samad To Disapper

Egyptian writer and political scientist Hamed Abdel-Samad- who is now a citizen of Germany and lives there- has so angered Islamists they want him dead. As a result, he has had to go into hiding.

According to publishers Droemer Knaur, based in Munich, the threats came from Islamist websites:

“He takes these calls seriously,” Knaur said in a statement on Tuesday.

Knaur said Salafi and Muslim Brotherhood sites had earlier posted a picture of the author with a caption reading “Wanted Dead.”

Leading Jama’a al-Islamiya member Assem Abdel Maged and Salafi preacher Mahmoud Shaaban had called Abdel-Samad an “infidel” during an Al-Hafez programme, after the writer delivered a lecture in Cairo last week criticizing radical Islamism in Egypt.

Here's an interesting video interview where he discusses his notions about Islam.

Apparently Abdel-Samad moved to Germany in the 1990s, and his dad was an Imam.

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