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Egyptian Arabic Booker winner faces blasphemy charges
Youssef Zeidan faces blasphemy charges for his book 'The Arabic Theology' which investigates the relationship between man and God within Islam, Christianity and Judaism
Mohammed Saad, Sunday 24 Feb 2013
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Egyptian Arabic Booker prize winner Youssef Zeidan, the author of Azazil, is facing charges of blasphemy and contempt of Islam, Christianity and Judaism for his book The Arabic Theology.

Zeidan was summoned to appear in front of the High State Security Prosecutor last week.

The official memo notifying Zeidan of the investigation was very stern and did not include any details, only the case number 686, Zeidan said via Facebook.

The case was brought by the Islamic Research Institute (IRI) and 11 Coptic organisations, claiming Zeidan had scorned Christianity and mocked the doctrine of the trinity, which is at  the core of Christian belief. The IRI also accused Zeidan of sparking sectarian strife and encouraging religious extremism.

Zeidan went to State Security Prosecution headquarters in New Cairo and was released shortly afterwards. He was granted one month to respond to the complaints.

The investigation will resume next month after he responds to the IRI report, “unless there’s another thing from the past they want to use against me,” Zeidan added.

The Arabic Theology was published in 2010 by Shorouk. Zeidan tracked the relationship between man and God within the three monotheistic religions. Zeidan said the three religions sprang from one substance even though their differences are plain.





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Doaa Sharaf
24-02-2013 07:56pm
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This is blaspheme
There is a big difference between freedom of thought and freedom of atheism and heresy.
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Sam Enslow
24-02-2013 06:28pm
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Who decides blasphemy?
It should be noted that not all Christians believe in The Trinity and there are many differing beliefs concerning "the nature of Christ." Who defines blasphemy? Egypt will now start it own Inquisition? These are the same Christians who complain about the intolerence of Muslims? Who determined blashphemy against Islam? Who has this responsibility and the power to speak for ALL Muslims? What responsible cleric made a declaration and if he did why is this not being handled in the mosque? It is a religious matter, not state matter. When will people learn to refute arguements they do not accept rather tha attempting to silence all who disagree with them. Are highranking church/mosque leaders so ignorant they cannot debate issues and must feel outraged and silence all who believe not as they do? Grow up.
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Nadia Naser-Najjab
24-02-2013 03:25pm
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Miscarriage of justice, trial of Socrates recalled
The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates
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