Author Hamed Abdel-Samad disappears after Islamist threats

Munich-based Droemer Knaur publishing house on Tuesday said that the Egyptian author Hamed Abdel-Samad, who holds German citizenship, has disappeared following threats by 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.

Abdel-Samad is an expert in Islamic studies in German-speaking countries.

He has written a number of books and appeared on satirical television shows in Germany discussing Islamic terrorism and racism.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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